Views sought on skate park in Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: Views sought on skate park in Chippenham Views sought on skate park in Chippenham

Consultation on a new skate park for Chippenham has now begun.

River Island Park, which lies in Monkton Park between the wall of Wilkinsons and the River Avon, is the preferred option of the Skate Park Task Group, set up by the Chippenham Area Board to consult on the best site.

But the plans have met with concern from some councillors and residents, who fear it could attract graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

Town and Wiltshire councillor Bill Douglas said: “I feel personally that this site is the wrong place for the skate park.

“I do believe that it should be in Monkton Park – the question is where it should go.”

Coun Douglas said he was concerned that a skate park in River Island Park would detract from the area’s natural beauty.

“People have always said they wanted a little town with a number of nice things to do,” he said.

“We should be using Island Park for a number of different things, like boating or to host orchestras, not for a skate park.

“This is a beautiful area which attracts some lovely wildlife, like the swans. A skate park could attract trouble and make this area quite unpleasant.”

But Desna Allen, chairman of the task group and chair of the area board, assured those concerned there was nothing to fear.

She said: “Nobody knows the exact location and dimensions yet. We only know a general area. What we are going to do is to ask the people of Chippenham if they would like to see a skate park in Island Park, and they can reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’. That is all we are going to be asking.

“Nothing is happening immediately, but we want to know what people think, and this is the next step.”

A policy adopted by the former North Wiltshire District Council, which has been continued by Wiltshire Council, has set a noise limit for skate parks of zero decibels above background noise. Coun Allen said there was only River Island Park that met these noise criteria requirements.

The task group has worked with three independent consultants to assess the suitability of each of the 19 sites initially considered, with River Island Park the preferred option every time.

To have your say, visit www.

surveymonkey.com/s/Chippenham_ Skatepark_Survey Next week’s Talk Of The Town newsletter, delivered to every home in Chippenham, will detail how to take part in the survey if you don’t have a computer.

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8:41am Fri 28 Sep 12

davesopinion says...

Don't bother trying the link to SurveyMonkey - its wrong!
Don't bother trying the link to SurveyMonkey - its wrong! davesopinion
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8:44am Fri 28 Sep 12

davesopinion says...

It should be:
https://www.surveymo
nkey.com/s/Chippenha
m_Skatepark_Survey.

Vote against this atrocity!
It should be: https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/Chippenha m_Skatepark_Survey. Vote against this atrocity! davesopinion
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9:17am Fri 28 Sep 12

hal12 says...

This is stupid. Whenever a good idea comes up there are some people who decided to have a winge and a cry because it's not beneficial to themselves. Yes there may be unwanted people hanging around there but the people causing the trouble won't be the people using the facility for its intended purpose. I think people need to be a lot more open minded rather than dismissing the idea straight away and acting like children.
This is stupid. Whenever a good idea comes up there are some people who decided to have a winge and a cry because it's not beneficial to themselves. Yes there may be unwanted people hanging around there but the people causing the trouble won't be the people using the facility for its intended purpose. I think people need to be a lot more open minded rather than dismissing the idea straight away and acting like children. hal12
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9:59am Fri 28 Sep 12

chmech says...

Obviously it is for the people of Chippenham to decide but as a regular visitor (daughter and family live there) I often visit Monkton Park. In Tavistock we have a similar park which has had a skate board and, more recently, a BMX track built. Both of these were initiated by the young people who put a lot of effort into realising their ambition. There were many protests about both but little if anything heard from the sceptics since as their fears were unfounded. My observations are that Chippenham suffers from the same problem as Tavistock – older ‘children’ using playground equipment designed for under tens and this won’t change. I agree with comments by Hal12.
Obviously it is for the people of Chippenham to decide but as a regular visitor (daughter and family live there) I often visit Monkton Park. In Tavistock we have a similar park which has had a skate board and, more recently, a BMX track built. Both of these were initiated by the young people who put a lot of effort into realising their ambition. There were many protests about both but little if anything heard from the sceptics since as their fears were unfounded. My observations are that Chippenham suffers from the same problem as Tavistock – older ‘children’ using playground equipment designed for under tens and this won’t change. I agree with comments by Hal12. chmech
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10:10am Fri 28 Sep 12

Akmilner says...

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

I am from Fenland East Anglia and in the past we have had success at inline Speed skating, we had a team of 30 kids and it gave us all something to do. Kids off the street.
I even won British championship medals. So lets give the kids something to do. Skating is great fun and also fitness.
With regards to noise, poor excuse.
In that case we should not have the river festival and summer fate.
Good luck.
The kids need something to do and this is a great idea. I am from Fenland East Anglia and in the past we have had success at inline Speed skating, we had a team of 30 kids and it gave us all something to do. Kids off the street. I even won British championship medals. So lets give the kids something to do. Skating is great fun and also fitness. With regards to noise, poor excuse. In that case we should not have the river festival and summer fate. Good luck. Akmilner
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12:39pm Fri 28 Sep 12

davesopinion says...

I don't have any objection to a skate park if it's in the right place. This isn't the right place. It would ruin a lovely riverside walk and be detrimental to the town.
Put it on an industrial estate somewhere... maybe the edge of Langley Park (the old Westinghouse site)? Most of that is derelict.
I don't have any objection to a skate park if it's in the right place. This isn't the right place. It would ruin a lovely riverside walk and be detrimental to the town. Put it on an industrial estate somewhere... maybe the edge of Langley Park (the old Westinghouse site)? Most of that is derelict. davesopinion
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2:07pm Fri 28 Sep 12

RobinsTalk says...

You can't put it there, where are the wino's going to sit with their Staffies to drink their white cider?
You can't put it there, where are the wino's going to sit with their Staffies to drink their white cider? RobinsTalk
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6:11pm Fri 28 Sep 12

dragon22 says...

RobinsTalk wrote:
You can't put it there, where are the wino's going to sit with their Staffies to drink their white cider?
That was enough for me to vote in favour.
[quote][p][bold]RobinsTalk[/bold] wrote: You can't put it there, where are the wino's going to sit with their Staffies to drink their white cider?[/p][/quote]That was enough for me to vote in favour. dragon22
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7:41pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Paul Tucker says...

davesopinion says...Put it on an industrial estate somewhere... maybe the edge of Langley Park (the old Westinghouse site)? Most of that is derelict.
Yes, absolutely right - couldn't agree more. The old "White House" would make a great LazerZone rather than a glorified plant-holder for buddleia. Behind that there's a massive unused area of, as Dave says, derelict buildings. There's also room for a multiplex cinema, skating rink, bowling alley etc. I guess Ashtenne would like some money for it as the council can only plan to develop what they own. Anyone got Dyson's phone number?
davesopinion says...Put it on an industrial estate somewhere... maybe the edge of Langley Park (the old Westinghouse site)? Most of that is derelict. Yes, absolutely right - couldn't agree more. The old "White House" would make a great LazerZone rather than a glorified plant-holder for buddleia. Behind that there's a massive unused area of, as Dave says, derelict buildings. There's also room for a multiplex cinema, skating rink, bowling alley etc. I guess Ashtenne would like some money for it as the council can only plan to develop what they own. Anyone got Dyson's phone number? Paul Tucker
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12:42pm Wed 3 Oct 12

MrsEH says...

Devizes is soon to get an indoor park near the Travelodge Hotel on the London Road. Privately funded but may interest some readers. Here is a link to their Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.
com/RampNation?fref=
ts
Or website www.rampnation.co.uk
Due to open end of October....
Devizes is soon to get an indoor park near the Travelodge Hotel on the London Road. Privately funded but may interest some readers. Here is a link to their Facebook page: http://www.facebook. com/RampNation?fref= ts Or website www.rampnation.co.uk Due to open end of October.... MrsEH
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11:52pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Henhen7 says...

I agree that there needs to be something for young kids and older, and yes a skatepark will probably be a very good idea, but that area is not a good site for it! In the summer, its full of families picnicking, playing and seeing the greenery and wildlife! Children feed the ducks there, and if a skatepark was built there, it would encourage the wildlife to go elsewhere. Why try and take away something beautiful from the town. If people are really serious about wanting to get this built, then try to think of others and what they are actually going to say about it, and think of the wildlife too! No one wants to lose the little country side and wildlife we have left.
I agree that there needs to be something for young kids and older, and yes a skatepark will probably be a very good idea, but that area is not a good site for it! In the summer, its full of families picnicking, playing and seeing the greenery and wildlife! Children feed the ducks there, and if a skatepark was built there, it would encourage the wildlife to go elsewhere. Why try and take away something beautiful from the town. If people are really serious about wanting to get this built, then try to think of others and what they are actually going to say about it, and think of the wildlife too! No one wants to lose the little country side and wildlife we have left. Henhen7
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