New Petworth skate park plan fears allayed

Roger Hanauer, leader of the Petworth skatepark project. Photo by Derek Martin
Roger Hanauer, leader of the Petworth skatepark project. Photo by Derek Martin

As plans for Petworth’s long awaited skate park move forward, action is being taken to allay the fears of residents living nearby.

Roger Hanauer, who is leading the skate park project, told fellow members of the Petworth Town Council on Wednesday night (April 19) he had sent a letter to some 30 residents living close to the new site in the bottom of the Pound Street car park.

It gave a detailed explanation about the proposed skate park’s move from the car park of the Sylvia Beaufoy youth centre.

Mr Hanauer said the letter had been an attempt to allay fears which had arisen through ‘misinformation’ circulating in the town.

“Interestingly enough I met two residents who will probably be the most affected and when they found out the preferred site is in the corner using part of the fence line by the telephone exchange they were happy about it. I hope this letter will inform people.”

He said he had also written to neighbouring parish councils explaining the change of site and asking for support for the new proposal.

Town councillors are hoping proposals drawn up by the business association for a realignment of car park spaces will be endorsed by Chichester District Council by the end of the month.

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