Monday, 21 August 2017

Councillors clash over skate park plan

A PLANNING application is to be submitted for a new skate park in Henley despite concerns that it would be almost twice the size of the existing facility.

The move by the town council led to clashes between Colin Brathwaite, chairman of the Henley Skate Park Initiative, and Councillor Sam Evans, who was accused of “pointless nit-picking”.

The initiative has chosen Maverick Industries to design a new £250,000 skate park at Makins Recreation Ground, which is owned by the council.

Mr Brathwaite said the planners at South Oxfordshire District Council would only be interested in the footprint and depth of the site rather than the features of the skate park, adding: “These things really are integrated into the landscape and not an eyesore or a concrete monstrosity.”

The new facility would be 850 sq m compared with the current one, which is 500 sq m and users says is dated, noisy and unsuitable. The additional space would come from using the land between the existing skate park and the scout hut car park.

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