Saturday, 21 July 2018

Council’s skatepark group is scrapped

A WORKING group responsible for the new £250,000 skate park in Henley has been disbanded.

A WORKING group responsible for the new £250,000 skate park in Henley has been disbanded.

The town council says the Makins wheeled sports facility group has done its job so is no longer needed.

The existing skate park at Makins recreation ground will be replaced as soon funding has been obtained, having been given planning permission by South Oxfordshire District Council last year.

The town council has pledged £75,000 towards the project and now wants the Henley Skatepark Initiative to apply for funding without its help.

Councillor Sam Evans, who chairs the recreation and amenities committee, said: “We have worked through the actions required of the town council in terms of the procurement process.

“The only issue is understanding the routes to explore for other funding options, such as Sport England and the [district council’s] Community Investment Fund. Additional applications for funding do not need to involve the town council.

“This working group has fulfilled its task very successfully. We congratulate the group on its work but it’s no longer required.”

Colin Brathwaite, chairman of the skatepark initiative, said: “The initiative will continue to implement our funding strategy until we have enough money to build a facility at Makins.

“We are very thankful to the town council for its continued support.”

Meanwhile, the council’s Mill Meadows and river sub-committee has been renamed the parks sub-committee and will be responsible for Freemans Meadow, Makins recreation ground and Mill and Marsh Meadows and their facilities.

Issues relating to the river and river frontage at Red Lion Lawn, Singers Park and the New Street slipway will now be the responsibility of the recreation and amenities committee, as will the Mill Lane and Mill Meadows car parks and the White Hart, River Terrace and Mill Meadows permanent moorings.

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