Skate park plans at Petworth still moving forward

Chris Kemp in the Sylvia Beaufoy car park
Chris Kemp in the Sylvia Beaufoy car park

PLANS for a skate park in Petworth, which have been in the pipeline for over a decade, are still edging forward.

After several years of little activity, the dreams of providing a skate park for the youngsters of the town, are being driven forward again by new town councillor Roger Hanauer.

At a full meeting of the council he said: “it is all looking quite positive.”

Council chairman Chris Kemp added: “This has been going on for so many years, I can’t promise it is going to happen, but it looks more and more likely.”

Mr Hanauer reported they had held another meeting with the Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Club committee, chaired by Clive Fish, to discuss further the plans for the skate park at the front of the car park.

“We brought them up to speed and I thought the meeting went well,” he told fellow members.

“We allayed one or two of their concerns.”

He said he had since received ‘rebooted’ plans for facilities from one of the companies the town council is dealing with “which we felt was a vast improvement and worth running with.”

He said he also contacted a building surveyor in the hope the town council could receive help with the planning stage of the development.

But he said after a meeting he discovered the cost would be huge and he felt it was not worth pursuing.

The feasibility study for the skate park was now being examined at Chichester District Council, he said, before the matter went to CDC’s cabinet to agreed releasing the £50,000 which has long been held by the district council for the project.

Mr Kemp said the town council had asked for a design for a skate park: “We have now ended up with one company which we feel is the most efficient and has come up with the best scheme.

“I don’t know whether we are obliged to go through the tender process and we will have to get advice on that.

“Everything is there now and the next thing is planning consent for the project.”

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