Hailsham: Skate park plan given the green light

A NEW SKATEPARK will be built in Hailsham after councillors gave the scheme the green light.

Following an in-depth study into the likely noise disruption the mooted park would create, Hailsham Town Council voted to push ahead with the scheme – much to the delight of local skaters and BMX’ers.

The authority met with Environment Health officers and planning officials before agreeing to back the plans, which will see a concrete bowl built on the site, surrounded by a man-made soil bank.

Any final plans still need to be approved by the area’s dual authority, Wealden District Council, but Hailsham councillors are determined to see the land put to good use.

Work on a formal planning application, which will be discussed by Wealden, is now under way and it is hoped a host of firms will bid for the job.

If approved at Wealden, the work will be funded by a series of grants and a host of fundraising events – with the team behind the plans confident a sufficient war chest is already in place.

And, as some of that cash has been generated through grant applications made by Wealden, it seems unlikely that the skatepark will be turned down.

Councillor Jo Bentley, Hailsham Town Council’s head of leisure, said, “The construction of a skate park has long been an ambition of the town council and the town’s younger residents and the Maurice Thornton Playing Field is an ideal location for it.

“While there are some environmental issues to be resolved, the council should acknowledge the work undertaken by the Town Farm Residents’ Association and Wealden District Council in achieving the significant funding for the project secured to provide this much needed facility.”

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