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Date for Portishead to vote on new skatepark announced

PUBLISHED: 15:50 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 19 May 2017

The parish poll for a skatepark will be held on June 13.

The parish poll for a skatepark will be held on June 13.

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People in Portishead will have the chance to go to the polls and vote next month on a new skatepark.

It was standing room only at Portishead Town Council last night (Wednesday) as campaigners called on town councillors to help provide a skatepark for children to use. It was standing room only at Portishead Town Council last night (Wednesday) as campaigners called on town councillors to help provide a skatepark for children to use.

Last week a parish poll was called for at the annual residents’ meeting amid criticism at a skatepark has not been built in the town despite 10 years of requests.

The parish poll will run on June 13 and polling stations will be open from 4-9pm.

Voters, who must be on the electoral register and Portishead residents, will be presented with the following question: “The residents of Portishead demand that a fit for purpose concrete skate/wheels’ park is provided as soon as possible, sited within 15 minutes walking distance of the towns High Street. We demand that the necessary funding is met by the town council out of its current funds that are in excess of £500,000. Are you in favour of this, yes or no?”

The result, however is not legally binding.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Folk Hall to make it clear there is a need for a new skatepark in the town.

Several of the campaigners addressed Portishead Town Council’s meeting that same night and said children do not have enough activities to do.

Cllr Lesley Cottrell said: “I would like to thank all those who gave their time to present their views regarding another skate/wheels park for Portishead at our Annual Town Council and Ordinary Town Council Meetings on Wednesday.

“My thanks also include town councillors who give their time freely and consistently for the benefit of Portishead.

“It was remiss of me not to do so at the time, but being confronted with such a large number of people demonstrating was rather daunting, so I apologise for any perceived lack of politeness.

“I would add we are not necessarily on opposing sides as I believe Portishead Town Council did vote in support of a skate/wheels park some years ago before my time. It is North Somerset Council which has consistently refused to allow this at the Lake Grounds.

“However, there will now be a parish poll about a skate/wheels park on a date yet to be advised by North Somerset Council for it is that organisation which is responsible for organising the parish poll and delivering the result to us.

“I do hope there will be a large turnout to vote at the parish poll.”

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