Time is called on Calne's crumbling skatepark Bowl

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Repairing Calne's Bowl is not viable, says mayor Mercy Baggs Repairing Calne's Bowl is not viable, says mayor Mercy Baggs

Calne skatepark will be demolished and rebuilt, town councillors have decided.

Planning consent had been granted for the extension to the skatepark, known as the Bowl, and a constructor had been appointed.

But at a meeting last year councillors decided that construction should be delayed while they awaited the results of a structural survey.

The report, carried out by Mann Williams Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers, stated that the Bowl was structurally inadequate and further repairs were not recommended.

The report read: “We conclude that the existing construction of the skate bowl is structurally inadequate. This is due to the relatively thin concrete thickness, the absence of reinforcement and the likely insufficient excavation of underlying soil.

“We would therefore expect the concrete to continue to move and any repairs to the existing fractures to reappear within a few years.”

Councillors discussed the report at a full town council meeting on Monday and voted in favour of the recommendation to demolish and reconstruct the skatepark.

Mayor Mercy Baggs said: “We decided to go with the full refurbishment because carrying out repairs isn’t really viable and this is the most economic option.”

The skate bowl was constructed in 1998 by a team of volunteers and in 2006 repair work was carried out at the cost of £20,000.

The rebuilding of the Bowl could cost around £240,000 and planning consent will be needed.

The council has already allocated £52,960 for the project with Calne Area Board awarding £27,000 and £50,000 from Hills Waste Solutions.

Youngsters who use the Bowl have also been fundraising which means that there is £140,000 is available for the redevelopment.

Applications for grants worth £50,000 have also been put in with Viridor Credits and Sport England.

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