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Please stop mini-bikes making our lives a misery; PETITION: Residents say noisy machines are wrecking nature reserve.

Byline: By Stephen Hallmark

FURIOUS residents are campaigning to ban mini-bikes, 4x4s and quad bikes from a nature reserve on the border of Coventry.

Several acres of land, a pond and river stretch from Rowleys Green Lane, Longford, into Nuneaton.

It used to be a beauty spot, but is now scarred by deep mud tracks.

A total of 76 people have signed a petition calling on Coventry City Council, Nuneaton Borough Council and the police to act, because the noise from the vehicles is making their lives a misery.

Mother-of-one Claire Hall, of Rowleys Green Lane, said: "We can all hear the noise, even with doors and windows closed and the radio and telly on.

"It's driving us mad.

"We cannot go out at the weekends and my baby daughter cannot have naps during the day."

Mrs Hall said foxes, rabbits and dragonfly which used to inhabit the floodplain had gone. Coventry city councillor Val Stone (Ind, Longford) said most of the land was owned by Nuneaton Borough Council. She added: "To be fair, the police have been here and confiscated bikes, but whenever their backs are turned, the problem resurfaces."

Cllr Stone will meet police and representatives of both councils on Friday to look at a way forward.

West Midlands Police say the land is policed by the Warwickshire force, but they still receive many complaints about the vehicles, noise and pollution.

Sgt Mick Abbott said: "We are aware of the impact these vehicles have and we are keen to resolve the issue."

Phone 0845 113 5000.

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Date:Mar 15, 2006
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