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Chippenham one step closer to getting a skatepark
Jubilant Chippenham skaters are a step closer to victory in a decade long fight for a permanent skatepark facility in the town.
Wiltshire Council’s Chippenham area board voted last night to submit a planning application for a concrete skatepark in Monkton Park, next to the Olympiad leisure centre and multi use games area.
At a meeting in Neeld Hall attended by about 75 members of the public, the young skating fans feared the plan may be scuppered by a shock proposal by councillor for Monkton Chris Caswill.
He thought the task group should prepare a parallel report on a Bristol Road site, with the board to decide next January at the latest.
This was seconded by councillor for Hardenhuish Nick Watts, but was rejected in a vote by area board members.
Speakers for the Monkton Park location included Judy Edwards, manager of the Chippenham Partnership of Schools, while among those protesting was Sadlers Mead resident Irene Goodall, whose husband played an active part in getting the last skatepark there shut down.
Chippenham Town Councillor Ian Keasey, who also spoke against, said: “If Monkton Park is the heart of Chippenham then we don’t want to give it cardiac arrest.”
But much to the youths' delight, progressing Monkton Park to the planning process was supported by the majority of the area board councillors – all except Coun Caswill, and Coun Watts who abstained.
• Read more in Thursday's Gazette & Herald
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