December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
A well-used skatepark will receive a £250,000 upgrade after plans were given the green light.
A project to build a new concrete skatepark in Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, was approved at last week’s meeting of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee.
The existing wooden facility dates back to the late 90s and has become dilapidated.
At the meeting councillor Robert Everitt said: “It’s used by the villagers as well as the youngsters of Bury St Edmunds and I commend them in raising half the amount of money that is required to build this formidable skatepark on this site.”
After the meeting Simon Pickering, the borough council’s youth and community officer, said he was “really pleased” approval had been granted and they were finally at the next stage.
“It’s a really significant thing to get in place and as soon as the concrete starts getting poured it seems we have got a secure future for the skating, BMXing and scootering in the town.”
He said Wheelscape Ltd would probably start work at the end of this month, with a build time of 12 to 16 weeks.
The new skatepark, which has been designed in accordance with the British and European Standards for Wheeled Sports Facilities, will be built from reinforced sprayed concrete.
A planning statement said the in-ground structure would reduce the visual and acoustic impact of the facility on its surroundings and would make viewing easier.
It added that removing previous “blind-spots” and the continued use of floodlighting should reduce the possibility of anti-social behaviour.
The newly-rebuilt BMX track will remain in place.
The statement said: “The local skate and BMX community, their parents, council officers and other interested parties have been very active in raising funds for the skatepark and in developing the design in a series of workshops.
“This will be a place in which the whole local community can take the upmost pride.”
Mr Pickering, who submitted the planning application on behalf of the borough council, said the Bury Skate JAM event last year raised about £2,500 for the new skatepark.
He said this year’s Skate JAM could not go ahead due to the condition of the current skatepark, adding some of it is no longer safe to use.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has funded half the cost of the new facility.