December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A village project to setup a skatepark could have to substantially change its plans if it is to ever go-ahead.
Youngsters in Debenham have been waiting to have their own place to skate on for years as the project organisers have struggled to find a suitable location for the park.
The parish council has so far paid hundreds of pounds to store the ramps but has decided it will review its policy in January at a time when its budgets are being tightened.
In a council meeting on Monday evening it was revealed that Haughley Parish Council had expressed an interest in purchasing the skate park equipment.
Project chairman and parish councillor, Jane Baldwin, said: “Haughley are interested in buying them if we do not have any way to install them. (The project) is seeing very slow process at the moment and Haughley asked what sort of price there would be.
“We have done the land appeal to identify any areas of land but nothing seems to be jumping out at us. It was decided in the last meeting that we would review it in January.”
The land appeal was setup after talks broke down between the project and Debenham Sports & Leisure Centre to install the skatepark.
“It’s not the end of the project, it is feasible to use a mobile skatepark which would be rolled out every weekend,” Mrs Baldwin added.
“We would need to explore the logistics - someone to set it up and run it. So it’s an initial solution but it’s better than the fact that we do not have anything at the moment.”
The council has earmarked £600 to store the equipment for the second half of 2013/14.
Talks to put the skatepark project, which will enter its fifth year next month, in the village’s Recreation Ground also failed after residents had concerns about noise and anti-social behaviour.
The project received a cash boost when the village’s former youth club donated money after it disbanded.
The money could go towards applying for planning permission to create the skatepark in the village. Parish councillors have said they would pay for some of the skatepark’s rent.