Positive feedback ‘can help skatepark win approval’

Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock.
Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock.
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The team behind plans for a skatepark in Bourne could soon submit a planning application after a survey showed strong support.

The Bourne Dimension Skatepark committee have spent the last few months asking people of all ages what they think of the plans for a concrete park on the Abbey Lawns.

A survey of 752 pupils showed more than 80 per cent were in favour, and a Facebook group for the park has 366 likes.

The committee is now ready to pick a contractor and draw up a planning application.

“We have previously gone through pre-planning to identify any major issues. Noise came out of that as the main issue but otherwise there are no major problems,” said committee member Jonathan Budd.

“Now we are going for planning permission.

“We hope to be registered as a charity shortly. Once that happens we can start raising funds.”

The committee has been keen to involve the wider community from the start. They hope this will boost their chances when the planning application is considered by South Kesteven district councillors.

Mr Budd said: “The Facebook page is doing quite well. We’re really waiting until we get to planning where we are going to need as much support as we can get.

“We’ve got Bourne Westfield and Bourne Academy on board. They have been writing to councillors and helping with design work.

“We are also in contact with the Stamford Skatepark group quite a bit. We will learn from their experiences.”

Some objections to the skatepark have been raised, particularly from its potential neighbours.

Mr Budd said: “We know that the football club have said they are not happy. They say it will cause trouble with the stadium. But they now have a fence all the way around the ground.

“Some of the houses that back on aren’t happy. A while back we did go round and talk to the residents. We’ve just had the acoustic survey back and we’re going to have to have some acoustic work around the site.”

The committee believes the park will cost between £150,000 and £200,000 to build.

Mr Budd said gaining planning permission was the key challenge, adding: “Realistically I don’t think we will build it until next spring.”

If you would like to help the committee, visit www.dimensionskatepark.org.uk.