Date set for start of work on Stamford skatepark

The Maverick Industries design for a new skatepark in Stamford
The Maverick Industries design for a new skatepark in Stamford
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Work on a new £150,000 skatepark will start this month, bringing a five-year fundraising campaign to a close.

Stamford Town Council and the Stamford Skatepark Committee confirmed on Wednesday that Maverick Industries would start building the park on the Recreation Ground on July 22.

The facility was made possible by donations from individuals, businesses, funding bodies and community groups.

The skatepark committee, which raised more than £150,000 for the facility, and the town council, which owns the Rec, issued a joint statement on Wednesday.

It said: “The public, local business and charitable groups have all been with us from day one.

“All have been so generous, in so many different ways, with everyone digging deep, donating money, giving their time, offering the benefits of their wisdom, helping us with every aspect of the project from venues for events, to producing and printing posters, legal advice, financial advice, planning advice - the list goes on.

“Stamford Town Council have also worked extremely hard to pull the loose ends together and turn the campaign into a reality.

“On behalf of Stamford Skatepark Committee - and the future skatepark users - we would like to say thank you to everyone for your patience and for helping us turn this vision in to a reality.”

Drainage and electrical work on the site is due to begin in the next few days with Maverick, one of the UK’s top skatepark designers, moving in on July 22.

Planning for the new park began after wooden ramps on the same site were torn down in 2008.

South Kesteven District Council approved a much-amended planning application in March despite some objections from neighbouring residents concerned about noise and antisocial behaviour.

The concrete park will have high fencing, a lockable gate, floodlighting and CCTV installed. A detailed management plan including restricted opening hours has been drawn up and the committee and town council will monitor the use of the park.

The joint statement added: “We will continue to work to make the skatepark a success, and ensure it enhances the other facilities currently available on the Recreation Ground.”