Saturday, 21 July 2018

Second skate park for small children

A SECOND skate park could be built in Sonning Common.

A SECOND skate park could be built in Sonning Common.

It would be in the centre of the village and would cater for young children.

However, no plans are likely to be drawn up until the completion of the first skate park in Bishopswood Sports Ground, which is scheduled to be built by summer next year.

Councillor Carole Lewis, who chairs the skate park working party, unveiled the idea at the annual parish meeting.

She said: “I would like to see a mini-skate park, which would be smaller, not nearly as dramatic and possibly more central. You could have bumps on it for wheelchair-users.”

Cllr Lewis said the parish council wanted to build on the success of Club SC, which provides regular activities for young people at Chiltern Edge School.

“We think the skate park has what we need to fulfil this objective,” she said.

A budget of £95,000 has been agreed for the first skate park, with money expected to come from a parish council grant, Lottery funding, South Oxfordshire District Council’s community investment fund, local businesses and organisations and fund- raising by young people.

The working party will also apply for a government grant of between £50,000 and £60,000.

Cllr Lewis appealed for people to help with fund-raising, saying: “It can be absolutely anything, whether that’s an event or a donation. We’re open to ideas.

“A successful project will benefit the community and we would like to encourage you to be part of that success.”

The skate park will be located in the corner of the sports ground and accessed by a path from Woodlands Road.

Alan Gibbon, of Peppard Road, said he was concerned the skate park would be built in a part of the field where drainage was an issue.

He added: “The access will be through kissing gates so there will be no way of getting wheelchairs or pushchairs in there. We haven’t really addressed the issue of access.”

Cllr Lewis said tests had been carried out and she believed there wouldn’t be a drainage problem.

Donations or fund-raising suggestions should be made to the parish clerk Philip Collings on 0118 972 3616 or email clerk@sonningcommon

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