Indoor plan at Chippenham for skaters

Calls have been made for an indoor site for a skate park in Chippenham to be considered.

Concern has been growing since a task group set up by Chippenham Area Board identified River Island at Monkton Park as the only possible site for a skate park.

This has dismayed residents in the area as a skate park was taken down from Monkton Park some years ago due to noise.

Chippenham Folk Festival organisers say if the facility is built at River Island it could threaten the festival as River Island is one of the venues it uses.

A public meeting will be held on November 26 at Monkton Park council offices at 7pm to discuss the proposal including the results of noise assessments.

But at a meeting of Chippenham Area Board on Monday night there were calls for an indoor site to be explored, following the examples of Devizes and Malmesbury where indoor skate parks have opened or are in the pipeline.

Councillor Bill Douglas said he had visited the Devizes indoor skate park and said: “We should have an indoor park for further consideration to offer the public more choice.”

Councillor Chris Caswill said: “I’m personally not persuaded by the River Island option.

“I hope the option relating to an indoor skate park will be considered.

“Some of us were very impressed by the efforts of residents of Devizes to get an indoor skate park off the ground – it’s something that could be emulated here.”

A resident, who had also visited the Devizes indoor skate park, said: “It’s a very impressive site and we need to move forward with that.

“It would be a great addition to Chippenham to have an indoor skate park.”

Dick Stanger, a youth worker and supporter of the Chippen-ham Folk Festival, said: “I cannot agree that River Island can be used by the festival and a skate park.

“I object to one site being put forward for consideration for this project.”

Councillor Desna Allen, chairman of the skate park task group and Area Board, said she would welcome a proposal for an indoor skate park to be discussed at the public meeting on November 26.

Councillor Peter Hutton, a member of the skate park task group and Area Board, said: “Nothing has been determined. The skate park task group has been sitting for two years. We are consulting.

“All community views are needed on November 26.

“If may well not be River Island. If the community says no we will listen to them and revisit the proposals.”

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8:53am Sat 10 Nov 12

johnnycomelately says...

I just can't understand why anyone would consider River Island to be a good place to put a skate park. The green at the bottom of Brook St and Redlands is closer to the geographical centre.
I just can't understand why anyone would consider River Island to be a good place to put a skate park. The green at the bottom of Brook St and Redlands is closer to the geographical centre. johnnycomelately
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10:08am Sun 11 Nov 12

DougJones says...

Skate Park task group has been sitting for two years, and still consulting? Good job they are not deciding on a really high cost project then, or all the young people would be waiting for 20 years!
About time they get a grip on the situation & give it some priority.
Skate Park task group has been sitting for two years, and still consulting? Good job they are not deciding on a really high cost project then, or all the young people would be waiting for 20 years! About time they get a grip on the situation & give it some priority. DougJones
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10:31am Mon 12 Nov 12

HughBriss says...

If they're going indoors then the old Hygrade factory would make more sense. Better still would be the Bridge Centre but that's going to be another temple to Mammon isn't it?
As for BrookSt/Redland, not sure about the geographical centre claim but the distrurbance to residents would be far greater than the original Monkton Pk site and I could all sorts of turf war problems breaking out.
If they're going indoors then the old Hygrade factory would make more sense. Better still would be the Bridge Centre but that's going to be another temple to Mammon isn't it? As for BrookSt/Redland, not sure about the geographical centre claim but the distrurbance to residents would be far greater than the original Monkton Pk site and I could all sorts of turf war problems breaking out. HughBriss
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12:53pm Mon 12 Nov 12

bill oddie says...

Is the proposed River Island site really going to cause that much disruption to the folk festival?
The folk festival is a wonderful event which spreads across much of the town when in full swing. Could the indoor skate park not be incorporated into the proceedings? I'd love to see Morris skaters put on a performance on the half pipes, clacking sticks and ringing their bells whilst performing a "no comply".
There is plenty of room at Monkton Park and I struggle to see how the Folk Festival will suffer as a result of putting the skate park at its proposed site. In my humble opinion, having the folk festival spread over a bigger area could be a good thing.
Is the proposed River Island site really going to cause that much disruption to the folk festival? The folk festival is a wonderful event which spreads across much of the town when in full swing. Could the indoor skate park not be incorporated into the proceedings? I'd love to see Morris skaters put on a performance on the half pipes, clacking sticks and ringing their bells whilst performing a "no comply". There is plenty of room at Monkton Park and I struggle to see how the Folk Festival will suffer as a result of putting the skate park at its proposed site. In my humble opinion, having the folk festival spread over a bigger area could be a good thing. bill oddie
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9:46pm Tue 13 Nov 12

notscot says...

"Councillor Peter Hutton, a member of the skate park task group and Area Board, said: “Nothing has been determined. The skate park task group has been sitting for two years. We are consulting."
Pompous numpty - you've been pontificating/consul
ting long enough.
Get it sorted - before the kids are old enough to ensure you're never voted into power again.
"Councillor Peter Hutton, a member of the skate park task group and Area Board, said: “Nothing has been determined. The skate park task group has been sitting for two years. We are consulting." Pompous numpty - you've been pontificating/consul ting long enough. Get it sorted - before the kids are old enough to ensure you're never voted into power again. notscot
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3:00pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MrsEH says...

DougJones wrote:
Skate Park task group has been sitting for two years, and still consulting? Good job they are not deciding on a really high cost project then, or all the young people would be waiting for 20 years!
About time they get a grip on the situation & give it some priority.
It was the efforts of one hard working and determined mother of 4 that got the Devizes Skate Park (RampNation) up and running so not “the efforts of residents of Devizes”. The article suggest that more than just one woman was involved in this venture.

Mrs Wain researched thoroughly and travelled up and down the country looking at other indoor parks and gathering information. And she had to fund this project too. I wish her every bit of luck and hope her park is well supported by skaters of Wiltshire.
[quote][p][bold]DougJones[/bold] wrote: Skate Park task group has been sitting for two years, and still consulting? Good job they are not deciding on a really high cost project then, or all the young people would be waiting for 20 years! About time they get a grip on the situation & give it some priority.[/p][/quote]It was the efforts of one hard working and determined mother of 4 that got the Devizes Skate Park (RampNation) up and running so not “the efforts of residents of Devizes”. The article suggest that more than just one woman was involved in this venture. Mrs Wain researched thoroughly and travelled up and down the country looking at other indoor parks and gathering information. And she had to fund this project too. I wish her every bit of luck and hope her park is well supported by skaters of Wiltshire. MrsEH
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4:22pm Mon 19 Nov 12

SSmith3 says...

They haven't built it on the grass on the side of Wilkinsons have they? I sometimes only go to Chippenham so I can sit by the river in the quiet park and watch the water wildlife. People take their kids to feed the ducks there. It will just attract more disrespectful teenagers who leave rubbish and plastic bags for the wildlife to get caught up in. Can't believe they have ruined a beautiful park with an activity that isn't that popular.
They haven't built it on the grass on the side of Wilkinsons have they? I sometimes only go to Chippenham so I can sit by the river in the quiet park and watch the water wildlife. People take their kids to feed the ducks there. It will just attract more disrespectful teenagers who leave rubbish and plastic bags for the wildlife to get caught up in. Can't believe they have ruined a beautiful park with an activity that isn't that popular. SSmith3
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4:38pm Mon 19 Nov 12

SSmith3 says...

It was the only nice park where people can picnic or sunbathe in the whole of Chippenham. I won't bother to go into Chippenham if they ruin it.
It was the only nice park where people can picnic or sunbathe in the whole of Chippenham. I won't bother to go into Chippenham if they ruin it. SSmith3
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4:38pm Mon 19 Nov 12

SSmith3 says...

They could have built it near the gym on the other side of the river, instead of ruining a beautiful park.
They could have built it near the gym on the other side of the river, instead of ruining a beautiful park. SSmith3
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