Not all on board for planned skate park in Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: Councillors Desna Allen and Pete Hutton at Monkton Park Councillors Desna Allen and Pete Hutton at Monkton Park

New plans to build a skate park in River Island Park, Chippenham, have met mixed reactions from councillors and residents.

The site, which lies in Monkton Park between the wall of Wilkinsons and the River Avon, is now the preferred option of the Skate Park Task Group set up to consult on the best possible sites.

Many residents have voiced concern that the site was not in an original list of 19 possible locations around the town for a new skate park.

But Coun Desna Allen, chairman of the task group, says Monkton Park was always a possible site.

At the beginning of the year, a site in the park close to the Olympiad was suggested as the best location, but this has now been rejected after the group consulted with Wiltshire Council’s public protection officer, who said he could not support it.

In a Chippenham Area Board meeting a week ago on Monday, leader of the council Jane Scott said she was becoming increasingly frustrated with the time the decision process was taking. She said: “I’m feeling extremely embarrassed and frustrated by this process.

“There is no one here speaking for the young people of Chippenham. I believe our young people deserve a skate park. “We have been talking about this for years. Monkton Park is a park for the whole community – not just for quiet people, but for our teenagers too.”

Coun Allen, who was not able to attend the meeting due to personal reasons, said: “I don’t often agree with the Conservative administration, but in this case I’m very grateful to Coun Scott for saying that the park is for everyone, and we do have to consider young people’s needs as well as those of all other residents.”

But Alan Gould, who lives in Sadlers Mead, said: “It’s just the wrong place for it entirely.

“Chippenham is in the path of a south-westerly wind, which carries the noise from the park directly to our homes. We could be facing noise until 10pm, or even throughout the night, as it may be that you cannot close the site.”

A policy adopted by the former North Wiltshire District Council, which has been continued by Wiltshire Council, set a noise limit for skate parks of zero decibels above background noise.

Coun Allen said that there was only one site that met noise criteria requirements, and that was River Island Park.

The task group have worked with three independent consultants to assess the suitability of each of the sites initially considered.

Coun Pete Hutton, who is the vice chairman of the task group, said nothing had yet been decided. He said: “River Island is quite a big area. We are still consulting people. “Once we have submitted a planning application, there will be even more opportunities for consultation.”

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12:23pm Fri 14 Sep 12

HughBriss says...

There's acres of space on "Langley Park", the former Westinghouse site.
There's acres of space on "Langley Park", the former Westinghouse site. HughBriss
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9:02am Sat 15 Sep 12

mjhudston says...

I cant believe that this is still being argued about. This should have been settled and the Skatepark built years ago.

Its no wonder the kids in the town ger up to no good, and are disinterested in the town, when those incharge act like spoilt children themselves!

Its time our councillors stop sqabbling like little children and make a decision.
I cant believe that this is still being argued about. This should have been settled and the Skatepark built years ago. Its no wonder the kids in the town ger up to no good, and are disinterested in the town, when those incharge act like spoilt children themselves! Its time our councillors stop sqabbling like little children and make a decision. mjhudston
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9:22am Sat 15 Sep 12

clucky1 says...

For gods sake just build the park!
I hear people moaning all the time about the youths hanging around shops and causing trouble.
Give them something to do and it's like magic, they will disappear.
It's another case of ' you can have it but not on my doorstep'!
For gods sake just build the park! I hear people moaning all the time about the youths hanging around shops and causing trouble. Give them something to do and it's like magic, they will disappear. It's another case of ' you can have it but not on my doorstep'! clucky1
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11:30am Sat 15 Sep 12

lordbuckethead says...

"Build it in Monkton Park" says Jane Scott ... (where does she live?)

spot the NIMBY...

Didn't the council build one here years ago? and it was so noisy they had to dismantle it and even pay the local residents compensation...!!!?

What could possibly go wrong...?
"Build it in Monkton Park" says Jane Scott ... (where does she live?) spot the NIMBY... Didn't the council build one here years ago? and it was so noisy they had to dismantle it and even pay the local residents compensation...!!!? What could possibly go wrong...? lordbuckethead
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7:22pm Sat 15 Sep 12

GreatSageEqualOfHeaven says...

We have a skate park behind our house and hardly ever hear any noise. It is a great thing for the kids and always amazes me to see them there early in the morning til late at night. It has been a great asset to the community
We have a skate park behind our house and hardly ever hear any noise. It is a great thing for the kids and always amazes me to see them there early in the morning til late at night. It has been a great asset to the community GreatSageEqualOfHeaven
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9:48pm Sat 15 Sep 12

escapedsouth20 says...

It seems to be a case of let's build a skate park to give the young something to do "but not on MY doorstep". The comment about wind direction is THE most ridiculous comment I have read. This is typical of the snobbery around the Sadlers Mead area. Does the noise from the various festivals not travel that far or is it just noise from rubber coated wheels that travels in the wind?
It seems to be a case of let's build a skate park to give the young something to do "but not on MY doorstep". The comment about wind direction is THE most ridiculous comment I have read. This is typical of the snobbery around the Sadlers Mead area. Does the noise from the various festivals not travel that far or is it just noise from rubber coated wheels that travels in the wind? escapedsouth20
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3:20pm Mon 17 Sep 12

chipchop says...

Build the skate park
Stop messing around.
You cannot complain about the kids causing trouble if you provide them with no amemities.
Get on with it.
Build the skate park Stop messing around. You cannot complain about the kids causing trouble if you provide them with no amemities. Get on with it. chipchop
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6:57pm Mon 17 Sep 12

mjhudston says...

clucky1 wrote:
For gods sake just build the park!
I hear people moaning all the time about the youths hanging around shops and causing trouble.
Give them something to do and it's like magic, they will disappear.
It's another case of ' you can have it but not on my doorstep'!
Well said
[quote][p][bold]clucky1[/bold] wrote: For gods sake just build the park! I hear people moaning all the time about the youths hanging around shops and causing trouble. Give them something to do and it's like magic, they will disappear. It's another case of ' you can have it but not on my doorstep'![/p][/quote]Well said mjhudston
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10:26pm Mon 17 Sep 12

roots says...

People own a house...in town ...near a leisure centre, a train station, and a play park...and object to a skate park because of the noise it will make....
People own a house...in town ...near a leisure centre, a train station, and a play park...and object to a skate park because of the noise it will make.... roots
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1:20pm Tue 18 Sep 12

wiltsgal says...

Laughable! The kids get a bad name for hanging around the town centre and shops yet when someone dares to come up with a plan for giving them something to do all the moaners come crawling out of the woodwork. There are plenty of clubs for the elderly to do. Lets start to look after our kids instead of excluding them all the time.
Laughable! The kids get a bad name for hanging around the town centre and shops yet when someone dares to come up with a plan for giving them something to do all the moaners come crawling out of the woodwork. There are plenty of clubs for the elderly to do. Lets start to look after our kids instead of excluding them all the time. wiltsgal
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1:24pm Tue 18 Sep 12

RobinsTalk says...

This has been going on so long now that by the time this skate park gets built the kids would have given up their skateboards and scooters for something else and probably won't even use it.

On the subject of noise, I was awoken by the sound of rain falling last night which was most unwelcome, so if the council could build some sort of shelter over my house to stop this nuisance noise pollution I would be most grateful!!!
This has been going on so long now that by the time this skate park gets built the kids would have given up their skateboards and scooters for something else and probably won't even use it. On the subject of noise, I was awoken by the sound of rain falling last night which was most unwelcome, so if the council could build some sort of shelter over my house to stop this nuisance noise pollution I would be most grateful!!! RobinsTalk
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2:21pm Wed 19 Sep 12

ElliotGood says...

escapedsouth20 wrote:
It seems to be a case of let's build a skate park to give the young something to do "but not on MY doorstep". The comment about wind direction is THE most ridiculous comment I have read. This is typical of the snobbery around the Sadlers Mead area. Does the noise from the various festivals not travel that far or is it just noise from rubber coated wheels that travels in the wind?
agreed.
[quote][p][bold]escapedsouth20[/bold] wrote: It seems to be a case of let's build a skate park to give the young something to do "but not on MY doorstep". The comment about wind direction is THE most ridiculous comment I have read. This is typical of the snobbery around the Sadlers Mead area. Does the noise from the various festivals not travel that far or is it just noise from rubber coated wheels that travels in the wind?[/p][/quote]agreed. ElliotGood
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10:24am Fri 28 Sep 12

Akmilner says...

The kids need something to do and skating is a great idea.

I really can not believe that people are complaining about the noise.
The kids are skating, not playing the drums.
This is a great option for kids to enjoy a sport and learn skills.
I did similar in my town and won Brit champ medals at speed skating.
The kids need something to do and skating is a great idea. I really can not believe that people are complaining about the noise. The kids are skating, not playing the drums. This is a great option for kids to enjoy a sport and learn skills. I did similar in my town and won Brit champ medals at speed skating. Akmilner
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