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Stamford skatepark is a clear success

Action shots of Stamford skate park at Recreation Road  Ash Rawlinson and Marc Stanier watching Robert Mitchell in action EMN-140625-213540009

Action shots of Stamford skate park at Recreation Road Ash Rawlinson and Marc Stanier watching Robert Mitchell in action EMN-140625-213540009

 

The man who led the campaign for a new skatepark in Stamford believes the support for the project has been fully justified.

The £150,000 park opened on the Recreation Ground on December 21 after five years of raising funds.

Since then almost daily skaters, BMXers and scooter riders have been making the most of the ramps and rails.

The Stamford Skatepark Committee which led the project had to raise an extra £30,000 to £40,000 to pay for acoustic fencing, CCTV and other safety measures to satisfy numerous planning conditions because a few people living near the Rec raised objections to the park because of potential noise.

But Stamford Town Council, which now owns the skatepark, has not had any complaints.

Skatepark committee chairman Marc Stanier said: “None of the anticipated issues have arisen. We’ve not had a single complaint about noise.

“Yet the district council is insisting on an acoustic survey which will cost £800 and will be money wasted.”

The committee gets daily usage updates from the park keeper employed by the town council. Usually there are between 30 and 60 people using the skatepark.

Marc said: “No-one has said anything negative at all.”

The committee, which now acts in a consultancy role, is pressuring the town council to push for a change to the park’s opening hours. Marc said: “For us, 5pm on a Sunday is way too early to close. Do they close the ball courts? Do they close the kids’ playarea? No, they don’t.”

The committee still needs funds for maintenance. The latest job is an upgrade to the floodlights to remove a dark spot. Skatepark supporter Ash Rawlinson, who runs From a Dark Place promotions has organised a gig at the Voodoo Lounge in Mama Liz’s, North Street, on July 5.

The Black Marias will be supported by Final Threat, Damaged and Scumbus. Each band has a skate connection, with Final Threat’s bassist Aide a regular visitor to the Stamford park. Black Marias drummer Jools will skate 500 miles from London to Munster with a friend to raise money for Skate Aid.

The first band is at 8.30pm, with entry £4 on the door.

 

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