Further eight-month delay to Chippenham skatepark plan

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Cllr Desna Allen near the proposed site for a Skatepark at Monkton Park Chippenham near the Olympiad Cllr Desna Allen near the proposed site for a Skatepark at Monkton Park Chippenham near the Olympiad

Skaters in Chippenham may have to wait another eight months for a skatepark planning application to be submitted.

Chippenham Area Board heard last Monday that an application is expected to be put in by December this year.

Skateboarders have been waiting for a permanent skatepark in the town since 2002, when one in Monkton Park was shut down and residents affected by noise were paid thousands of pounds in compensation by the district council.

The area board promised in September that an application would be made for a concrete skatepark in Monkton Park, next to the Olympiad leisure centre and multi-use games area.

Since that meeting, council officers have set up a project team, which has procured consultancy support to prepare planning documents.

Coun Peter Hutton, who was chairman of the skatepark task group, said: “We want to do it as soon as possible but we have to go through the process and be thorough.

“There are lots of technical surveys to do.”

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9:49pm Sun 11 May 14

Locksmith says...

What hope have we as council tax payers got? - this bunch of incompetant council administrators can't even get a skate park approved in a reasonable period of time. My oldest son was involved in pressurising for a skate park years ago when it was relevant to him and his friends but the council bottled it then - he has grown up now and runs a successful business. Council - approve it, build it, then move on to other new facilities that the tax payers want - more real delivery for our money.
What hope have we as council tax payers got? - this bunch of incompetant council administrators can't even get a skate park approved in a reasonable period of time. My oldest son was involved in pressurising for a skate park years ago when it was relevant to him and his friends but the council bottled it then - he has grown up now and runs a successful business. Council - approve it, build it, then move on to other new facilities that the tax payers want - more real delivery for our money. Locksmith
  • Score: 17

12:24pm Mon 12 May 14

Friend of the People says...

Come to Trowbridge. We have a good skate board/BMX park, with lights, that is likely to be extended to include yet more facilities.

Get to a progressive Wiltshire town with a great cinema, eateries and shops plus even more to come.
Come to Trowbridge. We have a good skate board/BMX park, with lights, that is likely to be extended to include yet more facilities. Get to a progressive Wiltshire town with a great cinema, eateries and shops plus even more to come. Friend of the People
  • Score: 2

10:01am Wed 14 May 14

Paul Tucker says...

The word incompetence doesn't seem strong enough.
The word incompetence doesn't seem strong enough. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Thu 15 May 14

politepanda says...

So the miserable beings who pretend to represent the people of Chippenham have done it again. They have managed to represent the tiny minority opposed to the reinstatement of the skate park - they continue to support the desperate few determined to railroad the whole idea
This is a RECORD-BREAKING FOURTEEN YEARS OF AVOIDANCE, MIS-REPRESENTATION AND ALIENATION.
This isn't incompetence. This is arrogance. This smacks of an abuse of process.
This is Jane Scott's finest in action.
By December it will be the better part of 14 years since they removed the original equipment.
And after all those years one of scott's finest states "“We want to do it as soon as possible but we have to go through the process and be thorough.
There are lots of technical surveys to do.”
Just too embarrassing to be funny.
So the miserable beings who pretend to represent the people of Chippenham have done it again. They have managed to represent the tiny minority opposed to the reinstatement of the skate park - they continue to support the desperate few determined to railroad the whole idea This is a RECORD-BREAKING FOURTEEN YEARS OF AVOIDANCE, MIS-REPRESENTATION AND ALIENATION. This isn't incompetence. This is arrogance. This smacks of an abuse of process. This is Jane Scott's finest in action. By December it will be the better part of 14 years since they removed the original equipment. And after all those years one of scott's finest states "“We want to do it as soon as possible but we have to go through the process and be thorough. There are lots of technical surveys to do.” Just too embarrassing to be funny. politepanda
  • Score: 2

7:30am Fri 16 May 14

politepanda says...

Locksmith wrote:
What hope have we as council tax payers got? - this bunch of incompetant council administrators can't even get a skate park approved in a reasonable period of time. My oldest son was involved in pressurising for a skate park years ago when it was relevant to him and his friends but the council bottled it then - he has grown up now and runs a successful business. Council - approve it, build it, then move on to other new facilities that the tax payers want - more real delivery for our money.
Let's see if this bunch of incompetents can go for a worthy record - and stave off the skate park until your son has grandchildren!!
[quote][p][bold]Locksmith[/bold] wrote: What hope have we as council tax payers got? - this bunch of incompetant council administrators can't even get a skate park approved in a reasonable period of time. My oldest son was involved in pressurising for a skate park years ago when it was relevant to him and his friends but the council bottled it then - he has grown up now and runs a successful business. Council - approve it, build it, then move on to other new facilities that the tax payers want - more real delivery for our money.[/p][/quote]Let's see if this bunch of incompetents can go for a worthy record - and stave off the skate park until your son has grandchildren!! politepanda
  • Score: 1

8:34am Fri 16 May 14

wiltshireborne says...

Why is it that we have to travel somewhere else to do so many things in Chippenham?

Trowbridge to skateboard, Corsham to BMX, Bristol for any sort of decent MTB routes.

We have so much dead land that apparently means too much to the locals to build on - Birds Marsh, the Donkey Fields next the Bristol Road and Monkton Park to name but a few.

Perhaps if we actually started using this land for more than just emptying dogs then central government would be less able to earmark it for building houses on.
Why is it that we have to travel somewhere else to do so many things in Chippenham? Trowbridge to skateboard, Corsham to BMX, Bristol for any sort of decent MTB routes. We have so much dead land that apparently means too much to the locals to build on - Birds Marsh, the Donkey Fields next the Bristol Road and Monkton Park to name but a few. Perhaps if we actually started using this land for more than just emptying dogs then central government would be less able to earmark it for building houses on. wiltshireborne
  • Score: 0

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