Complete rethink on town skate park

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 November 2013

Working party set up to look into improvements at Nailsea skate park.

Working party set up to look into improvements at Nailsea skate park.

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NAILSEA Town Council is now working with young 
people to investigate the possible development of the town’s skate park.

At a meeting of the council’s leisure facilities 
committee on October 30, members agreed to carry out a site inspection to find out if short term repairs are needed to make the site safe.

Members will also now work with skaters in the area to investigate the costs of improving the site long term.

The decision was made after skateboard enthusiasts wrote to the council to tell members about the facility’s poor state of repair and asked them to consider 
modernising the park.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “In principal the council is very supportive, and always has been, of the skate park and wants to look at ways the value of the skate park can be extended into the future.

“The council will carry out an initial assessment because they are concerned about how safe it is. We’ll then send North Somerset Council the information about whether money needs to be spent in the short term to make sure it is safe.

“That should buy some time in order for the long term project to take place.

“Obviously there needs to be different sources of 
funding and fundraising and the council would also 
consider making a contribution.

“The skate park has been used extensively for 12 years and there’s a need now to have a complete rethink on how to safeguard it for the future.”

Nailsea Skate Park Project and the organisers of the Nailsea Skate Park Festival are spearheading the project to revamp the popular facility at Millennium Park.

More than 30 youngsters have also been working with the groups to come up with the best way forward.

The current proposals include renovating the current park, which would cost around £1,500, or flattening it 
and building a modern concrete facility for around £75,000.

The working party will now price up the different options and investigate possible grants to find the best way forward.


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