Stamford skatepark plans for the Recreation Ground have been submitted

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PLANS have been submitted for a skatepark on the Recreation Ground.

Stamford Town Council has put in a planning application for a concrete bowl and park on the site of the former wooden ramps on behalf the Stamford Skatepark Committee, which raised £150,000 for the new project.

The application is now with planning officers at South Kesteven District Council and should be uploaded to the council’s website in the next few days.

Committee secretary Sally Jordan urged supporters of the skatepark to leave their comments on the council website as soon as the application goes live.

She said: “If you support the skatepark being built then the way to let the council know is to go on to the website.

“If you look at the application there will be space to submit your comments. It is the best way to let them know what it means to you. If the supporters don’t tell the council how much they want the skatepark then the council won’t know.”

Mrs Jordan also invited objectors to the scheme to submit their comments.

Fundraising for the new park began after the previous wooden ramps on the Recreation Ground were torn down in 2008 because they were unsafe.

Donations from groups around the town were combined with money raised at events and competitions.

Mrs Jordan said: “We have worked hard for the past three and a half years and we are very close, so it is one final push to get there.

“In the past we have had drawings of designs we might choose. But until we had the funding through we didn’t know exactly what we could afford.

“Only in December when we chose a final design were we able to send in an application.”

The park design was chosen by users and will feature a concrete bowl with a waterfall design on one side, with a street section with two quarter pipes, a flat bank extension, a jump box, a stair set, a spine and more on the other.

It will cater for skateboarders, roller bladers, BMXers and scooters. The park will be managed by Stamford Town Council, which owns the Recreation Ground, with the committee giving advice and organising events.

The committee also wants to bring in some top skateboarders to give skatepark etiquette lessons to users.

Mrs Jordan urged users to keep an eye on the committee’s website, at www.stamfordskatepark.co.uk, and the Facebook page, for updates.

She said: “Users are very keen to see it. We haven’t been able to put the design on Facebook or the website yet because the developers didn’t want it shown until it was going through the planning process.”

At the time of going to press the application had not been uploaded to the district council’s planning website. The site can be accessed at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/planning.