Horse racing law halts skate park dream in Lincoln's West Common
Plans for a skate park on Lincoln's West Common have been scuppered by a law designed to enable any future return of horse racing to the city.
A more in-depth investigation by legal teams revealed that the proposed site could not go ahead under the Lincoln City Council Act 1985.
The act protects the future of racing if it is ever brought back, meaning that the chosen site cannot be used.
Hobblers Hole, next to Whitton's Park on Long Leys Road is now proposed as the most suitable spot for the skate park.
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Antony Angus, team leader for recreation services at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "It is disappointing we could not go ahead with the skate park on West Common.
"One good thing is the proposed site is less constrained than the West Common, so the design may be tailored to give the users exactly what they want.
" As well as a great skate facility , we want it to be part of a carefully landscaped project with noise mitigation, benches and planting."
Hobblers Hole was left to the city by George Whitton as a place for children and young people to enjoy.
The city council, who are leading the £200,000 project, will be inviting new suggestions on the design of the skate park from the users group as deeper foundations could be laid compared to the West Common , opening it up to new design options.
The proposed location of the skate facility within Hobblers Hole will be more than 100 metres away from any housing to ensure there is no negative impact to residents.
The council will work with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who manage the neighbouring Newts Hollow site along with residents, the skate park user group and county council footpaths officers on a consultation before any plans are submitted.
Nearby residents wanting to raise any concerns will be given the opportunity to have their say formally during the planning stages.
Anyone who would like to share their views on the new site can do it through the Lincoln Skate Park Project Facebook group or speak to the Recreation Team directly on 01522 873502 or email@example.com