Councillors to decide on plans for a skatepark on the Recreation Ground in Stamford

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A long-awaited decision on plans for a new skatepark could finally be made this month.

In February, Stamford Town Council applied on behalf of the Stamford Skatepark Committee to build a concrete skatepark on the Recreation Ground.

The committee had raised £150,000 to build a new park after the old wooden ramps, which had been in place since 2001, were torn down in 2008 because of safety concerns.

Members have been in discussion with South Kesteven District Council planning officers for months about the amount of noise the new park could make.

But a decision could finally be made when the council’s development control committee considers the application on October 16.

Stamford Skatepark Committee chairman, Marc Stanier, revealed the news at the committee’s annual meeting on Tuesday last week.

After the meeting, he said: “We are now just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

“We are bending over backwards to please the planning department. But we are feeling hopeful.”

Committee members have asked those in favour of the skatepark to show their support at the meeting on October 16.

Park designer Maverick Industries has had to alter the original plans to include a 6ft high sound barrier around the park.

Some residents living near the Recreation Ground have voiced concerns about the potential for noise and anti-social behaviour from the park.