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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Skate park latest
Skatepark latest. We have now been to the public consultation and I can
safely say that the evenings presentation from the council was pretty
shambolic. The presentation were not very concise with the on screen
slides seriously missing the connection with each other. A classic case
of one hand not knowing what the other is doing. Some really valid
points came out from the meeting and it was agreed by pretty much
everyone in the room that the council must get on with providing a
skatepark which has shamefully been in the promise bucket for some 12
years!. The biggest sticking point is, of course, that everyone wants it
somewhere else. However the majority opinion seemed to be that a
section of Monkton park (the bit near the Olympiad) is by far the best
place and not the River Island Park. It would seem that the one
thing sort of preventing them is a small number of residents that live
on the edge of the park that understandably want i
anywhere but within earshot of their back garden. It seems to me that
the council have to make a very special effort to convince these people
that a skatepark can be in view of their property AND be audibly
acceptable. They really, really have to get on with it as it is becoming
ridiculous. By far the best speaker in the room last night was, by
far, the festival ex director, Dick Stanger, who was clear, concise and
full of positive ideas which some others sadly lacked. Well done Dick -
I did notice that Councillors were all furtively writing down all he
was saying - or was it just noting his name!! Well done all for the
support shown to the festival and it's claim for the few days a year to
this ideal site for the festival. Please do not let up. The more the
merrier. If you play, have played or are about to play at the festival
you have a valid voice to keep this site for a festival that has so much
history and so much community spirit. That goes also for anyone who
bought a ticket and bought even just a bag of sweets at the local shop.
They all add to that enormous benefit for the town. The next
deadline is 7th January when the skateboard group make the next decision
of where to go next. We have stated our intent to help them find
somewhere Cheers for now Watch this space for more updates !