Indoor skate park delay

PLANS to open an indoor skate park in Portishead have been delayed.

Young people in Portishead were ecstatic when local businessmen Neil Delaney and Jason Harvey announced their proposals to transform a redundant warehouse in Old Mill Road into a centre for skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders. Even though planning permission was approved, another business obtained planning permission to convert the same warehouse into a gym.

Mr Harvey said: “Unfortunately for us, the gym has secured the lease on the unit so we have been pipped at the post which is extremely disappointing. However, we have had so much support for the indoor skate park that we will not give up.”

The businessmen have now applied for the lease on the unit next door and have submitted a second planning application.

Mr Harvey added: “If we get permission to run the facility in the second unit, it just means our plans will be delayed by a few months. We would hope to open in March or April.”

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If the warehouse project is given the go-ahead it will involve the installation of quarter pipes, half pipes and a foam pit for skaters to practice intricate moves. There will also be a skate shop, caf� and viewing area.

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