Anger over plan to move new skate park site

Sandy Boyce Sharp SUS-141206-150832001
Sandy Boyce Sharp SUS-141206-150832001

A change to the location of the new skate park for Hampden Park has caused upset with the area’s watchdog group.

Planners gave permission for the facility to go on the old Rifle Range site within Hampden Park last year but the Friends of Hampden Park said it had now been told the skate park would be going on the Rosebery Avenue end of the site near Ham Shaw, which the Friends wanted to see as an interesting ecological area with tree sculptures. The Friends say that site could be contaminated with lead from spent munition but are more angry that they were not advised or consulted and that the changes cannot be found on the council’s planning website.

Sandy Boyce-Sharpe said, “The Friends had no knowledge of this change until now. And regarding timescale, if permission is granted on July 8 at a planning meeting, work will commence this summer and the skate park will be ready just about the time the children’s school summer holidays end.”

A council spokesperson said, “Initially we were looking at the south eastern part of that area but following further investigations around noise, and to mitigate against that, the north eastern part is now preferred. That plan will be going before the planning committee on July 8.”