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Bourne skatepark committee meet with Stamford group

The current plans for the Dimension Park skatepark in Bourne

The current plans for the Dimension Park skatepark in Bourne

Members of the skatepark committee from Bourne have met up with their successful Stamford counterparts to get some advice this week.

Plans for a skatepark in Stamford were unanimously approved by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee at a meeting in Grantham on Tuesday.

Councillors defied the advice of planning officers, who recommended the plans for a skatepark on the Recreation Ground in Stamford be refused because of concerns over noise.

In Bourne Dimension Park Committee is working to get a skatepark on the Abbey Lawn having been donated land by Bourne United Charities to house it.

Committee member Nelly Jacobs, the Bourne Town Council clerk, said: “We are absolutely delighted the Stamford skatepark has been approved.

“I think if Stamford had been refused we could have packed up here in Bourne.

“It is brilliant news because this might set a precedent for skateparks getting their planning permission approved.”

Plans for a skatepark in Bourne have met their own opposition with Bourne Town Football Club and some neighbouring residents disapproving of the scheme.

However Mrs Jacobs said: “We are very enthusiastic. Stamford getting approved feels like it has given us the green light to push ahead.”

On Wednesday night four members of the Dimension Park Committee and Bourne Town councillor Paul Fellows, who is a member of the working committee set up by the council, met with Stamford Skatepark Committee chairman Marc Stanier and committee member Sally Jordan to learn from their experience.

The group from Bourne travelled to Stamford to meet at The Brewery Pub.

Mrs Jacobs said: “It was great, we asked them loads of questions and they offered us loads of advice and hints on how to move forward.

“What is even better is they have pledged their help in the future. We have basically got an open line to them now.”

Mrs Jacobs said: “There is a more positive feeling in the group now.

“We have got the Bourne United Charities who want to give us the land, the council considering taking on the future management of the park having created a working party and we have got loads of ideas about how to move forward.

Having seen the importance of having written support from the community during Stamford’s fight for a skatepark, which has more than 300 letters of support, the Dimension Park Committee is requesting that people in favour of having a skatepark on the Abbey Lawn contact them with letters of support.

E-mail letters to clerk.bournetc@btconnect.com

 

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