Petworth skate park plans ready for decision

Chris Kemp at the Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre
Chris Kemp at the Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre

CABINET members of Chichester District Council will make a decision at their February meeting on handing over a piece of land at the Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre in Petworth for a skate park.

But Eileen Lintill, one of Petworth’s two district councillors has told the town council she will not be in the room when the matter is debated as she will declare a personal and a financial interest.

Cllr Lintill’s home in Downs View Road is one of the most directly affected by the town council’s plans.

Roger Hanauer who is leading the project, told fellow town councillors he had just received the last designs.

He would be taking all the designs to the Open Spaces committee to recommend a preferred contractor to full council. The town council then has to submit a planning application to the South Downs National Park Authority.

Michael Peet told fellow councillors he believed they should meet Cllr Lintill and other residents most affected by the plans.

“They don’t have an insight into how these things work and I think we should try and allay their fears.”

Council chairman Chris Kemp agreed that when they had a design to show, they should meet residents.

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