General Election delays skatepark verdict but council set to approve plan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 November 2019

Boris Johnson's snap election has delayed a decision on Portishead's skatepark. Pictures: PA/Stefan Rousseau/Jeremy Long

Boris Johnson's snap election has delayed a decision on Portishead's skatepark. Pictures: PA/Stefan Rousseau/Jeremy Long

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The application for consent to build a skatepark at Portishead's Lake Grounds is set to be approved by North Somerset Council, but a decision cannot be made until next year.

The committee - Ben Aldridge, Martin Parry, Jenny Parry and Ali Redwood
.The committee - Ben Aldridge, Martin Parry, Jenny Parry and Ali Redwood .

North Somerset has been forced to cancel its meetings in the weeks ahead of the General Election on December 12 - meaning Portishead Wheels and Skatepark Group (WASP) will have to wait until January for a verdict.

WASP last month submitted a landlord's consent application to build a concrete wheels park - for scooters, skateboards and BMX bikes - behind the boat house at the Lake Grounds.

The application was recommended for approval by council officers and was due to be decided on by its executive committee in December - but Prime Minister Boris Johnson's snap election has forced a delay.

Pre-election rules prevent councils from meeting in the weeks before the vote.

A North Somerset spokesman said: "An application for landlord's consent to build a skatepark at Portishead Lake Grounds will be considered by the executive at its next meeting on January 7.

"The application was due to be considered at the executive meeting on December 4. However, this meeting has had to be moved to January due to the council being in pre-election period.

"The report due to go to the December meeting recommends a 25-year lease be granted to Portishead WASP subject to conditions regarding terms, availability of funding and planning permission."

The lack of a skatepark in Portishead has been a cause of ire for several years, but after close to a decade of setbacks it appears the wait is almost over.

A WASP spokesman said: "While it is not the outright consent we were seeking, this request will now go to the next executive meeting.

"We will keep people fully informed as we proceed further and will continue with our preparations and look forward to a positive decision on January 7."

On October 30, the Times reported WASP applied jointly with Portishead Town Council for landlord's consent. However, WASP is the sole applicant. The Times apologises for the error.

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