Park plan is approved after history of delays

Coun Nick Martin at the new location for a skatepark in West Swindon, near the Renault Spectrum building

Coun Nick Martin at the new location for a skatepark in West Swindon, near the Renault Spectrum building

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RIVERMEAD will soon have its long-awaited skate park after Swindon Council officially signed off £65,000 for its construction this week.

After months of haggling over the best location for the new skate park, originally destined for Saltway Fields, construction of the park has missed its target of being open for use by this summer.

The funds have now been signed off by cabinet member for leisure Brian Ford, with Wheelscape tasked to carry out the build. The park is expected to cost £500 annually to maintain, which will be covered by the existing grounds maintenance revenue budget.

After the original proposals were made as far back as 2011, the latest delay has disappointed local skaters who say the whole process has taken too long.

Matthew Drever, 30, of the ATB Skate Warehouse, said the drawn-out process meant the contractor had moved on to other jobs.

“Because it took so long for them to make a decision on where the park was going to go, the company that was going to build the park have gone off to work on other projects,” he said.

“Because of that the kids in the west have got to wait again. It is just because they took months and months to get the location sorted the start date has passed.

“Hopefully when they get started and get on with it it won’t take too long before it is ready to go. It is going to start moving into colder times now, but I think the park in Cirencester went up in a couple of months, so this one could go up fairly quickly. This is not a massive site plaza that is going to take six months to build. Then we can just enjoy it rather than talking about it.

“It will be an amazing thing once it is done, and a lot of kids are itching to get this moving. Something like this could bring people from other places into the area, because if you build it people will travel to get to it. It’s going to benefit the whole area.”

Coun Nick Martin, (Con, Shaw), who pushed for the project after being approached by local skaters, said: “This has been dragging on for far too long now, and most of the youngsters who were asking for it to begin with are now becoming young adults.

“It is a pity that it has taken so long, but quite a relief to finally have it going through. All the ward councillors supported this, but the original suggestions received quite a few objections at the planning stage.

“Something like this is necessary for young peopleto have somewhere for themselves, and we have to try and deliver something for everyone.

“I would hope it will be ready for next summer, but it is astonishing how long these things can take. Things seemed to get designed and built quicker in the past.”

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7:51am Wed 20 Aug 14

Wildwestener says...

Great News and well done to the local young 'uns who worked so hard to get this.
Great News and well done to the local young 'uns who worked so hard to get this. Wildwestener
  • Score: 6

1:30pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Well done folks, excellent work this is a much needed center in the town and will be well used.
Well done folks, excellent work this is a much needed center in the town and will be well used. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 5

1:52pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head.
Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head.
I would imagine he will work very hard to make people forget his disgusting comments.
However I think this was a much needed activity center for the town so if they needed to use him to get it I have no issue with that.

The fact we wanted disabled people to be sterilized should not be forgotten for the amount of money his household have siphoned from the town would of paid for the building of this center five times over.
Do not allow him to gain any power again but if he can be a tool to be used.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head.[/p][/quote]I would imagine he will work very hard to make people forget his disgusting comments. However I think this was a much needed activity center for the town so if they needed to use him to get it I have no issue with that. The fact we wanted disabled people to be sterilized should not be forgotten for the amount of money his household have siphoned from the town would of paid for the building of this center five times over. Do not allow him to gain any power again but if he can be a tool to be used. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head.
I would imagine he will work very hard to make people forget his disgusting comments.
However I think this was a much needed activity center for the town so if they needed to use him to get it I have no issue with that.

The fact we wanted disabled people to be sterilized should not be forgotten for the amount of money his household have siphoned from the town would of paid for the building of this center five times over.
Do not allow him to gain any power again but if he can be a tool to be used.
He certainly is a tool.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Uurrggh,our disgraced former mayor rears his ugly head.[/p][/quote]I would imagine he will work very hard to make people forget his disgusting comments. However I think this was a much needed activity center for the town so if they needed to use him to get it I have no issue with that. The fact we wanted disabled people to be sterilized should not be forgotten for the amount of money his household have siphoned from the town would of paid for the building of this center five times over. Do not allow him to gain any power again but if he can be a tool to be used.[/p][/quote]He certainly is a tool. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Wed 20 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

That does seem rather double standards, the man is a nasty bigot and should be kept away from doing anything.
That does seem rather double standards, the man is a nasty bigot and should be kept away from doing anything. house on the hill
  • Score: 0
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