Drop-in session will give people chance to have a say on Bourne Dimension Skatepark

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An open day to bring people up-to-date with the progress of the plans for a skatepark will be held next week.

The team behind the Dimension Skatepark will hold the event at the Methodist Church Hall, off Hereward Street in Bourne, on Saturday, July 16, between 10am and midday.

Members of the committee have also been door-knocking and speaking to residents around the Abbey Lawn, where the park will be located if it gets the go-ahead, and plan to continue this next week.

Dimension Skatepark is now a registered charity and in the coming weeks, the committee hope to agree a lease with the land owners Bourne United Charities.

The committee also hope to be in a position to submit a planning application before the end of the summer.

Jonathan Budd, from the committee, said: “We are making slow but steady progress.

“Before we submit our planning application we are keen to give everyone who has an interest in the skatepark an opportunity to come and find out more.

“We hope that people will come along to the drop-in session to have their say, ask any questions that they have and hopefully show their support for the skatepark.

“Our surveys with young people and online have shown between 70 and 80 per cent in support, which is important for the application.

“As long as meet the standards for noise, we hope to get a positive outcome.”

In recent weeks, Paul Kirkham from M K Design Associates in Morton has carried out a trial survey of the soil types and water table to make sure the proposed site is viablle.

Larkfleet Homes also funded the drilling of five bore holes and their analysis.

Jonathan said: “The results of both pieces of work have shown that there should be no major issues below ground level when it comes to building the skatepark.

“We have also needed to ensure any nearby trees are not damaged as a result of the skatepark and John Wilcockson, arboricultural consultant, agreed to carry out a tree survey for us at a much reduced cost.

“We are very grateful to all these business for their help.”

The Rotary Club of Bourne and the Bourne and District Lions Club have recently donated £500 each to help the committee with the costs of submitting the planning application. Jonathan said the committee was “very grateful for their support”.

During the drop-in session next Saturday, there will be a chance to see the final design for the skatepark.

Members of the Methodist Chiurch will also be selling refreshments at the same time in support of the church.

To find out more visit www.dimensionskatepark.org.uk or www.facebook.com/BourneDimensionSkatepark.