New Stamford skatepark could be open as early as the new year
A new £150,000 skatepark could be open in Stamford as early as the new year.
This evening South Kesteven District Council development control committee members voted unanimously in favour of plans to build the concrete skatepark on the Recreation Ground.
This was despite the fact planning officers recommended the scheme, submitted by Stamford Town Council on behalf of Stamford Skatepark Committee, for refusal on the grounds that the level of noise created would be unacceptable.
Committee member Jeremy Ball told stamfordpeople: "This is a fantastic result, excellent.
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"The councillors on the committee were 100 percent behind us.
"It's a great day for the youth of Stamford. They will have somewhere they can call their own and a replacement for the skatepark which they loved and used.
"The committee heard objectors and supporters give their views and approved the plan with a few additional conditions.
"These are not unrealistic, such as setting up a management committee, having the skatepark fenced, controlled opening times and noise mitigation measures.
"We have sent a text to Maverick Industries, which has designed and will build the skatepark, to let them know the good news.
"We now hope to get construction underway as soon as possible - after we have the final draft of the written approval and conditions.
"Depending on Maverick's workload and other factors, such as the weather, we hope to get work started by November and the skatepark open early in the new year."
The original seven-year-old Recreation Ground wooden skatepark, which attracted up to 60 skaters a day, was taken down in 2008 after it was deemed unsafe.
The new concrete skatepark will also be suitable for BMXers and roller bladers and will have the same footprint as its predecessor.
The new facility will be managed by Stamford Town Council, which owns the Recreation Ground.