Skate park gets the go-ahead in Epworth

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Epworth is finally to have a new skate park after a scheme was officially approved by North Lincolnshire Council last week.

The £80,000 concrete skate park has been on the drawing board for over a year and is set to be developed on part of a playing field to the rear of South Axholme Academy off Burnham Road.

The application also includes a footpath, fencing, floodlighting and CCTV coverage.

Concern was voiced previously by some members of Epworth Town Council about a possible lack of parking space, a perceived lack of provision of seating and for litter at the site, along with the actual hours of monitoring of CCTV that is set to be overseen by Leisure Centre staff.

Coun Ros Whittaker said at a recent town council meeting that she felt consultation on the proposals should have been wider, with more input from Epworth residents rather than the focus being purely on the young people who are set to be users. She was also concerned about the seclusion of the proposed site.

But skateboarders who petitioned for the facility last year have welcomed the green light on the development.

The park equipment will take the form of a flatbank, a wallie grind block, a handrail, a hubba ledge with kicker to flat, a high stair set, a wave kicker, a grind block with wallride bank, a 1.5m high quarterpipe, a 1.5m high hip and a jumpbox of the same height along with a 1m high spine.

Seating will be in the form of a steel bench.

Conditions attached to the go-ahead include that the park should be completed within three years. They also demand that before the facility can be used, all details of fencing, lighting, a waste bin and seating must be approved and installed.

And the skate park will only be allowed for use during the opening hours of the nearby Epworth leisure centre, to allow for proper supervision.

Chairman of the town council Bob Fish, speaking about the newly rubber-stamped plans as an Epworth resident, said: “The skate park is an extra facility for the younger members of the town, and will enhance the provision of activities in which they can come together locally to share a common goal.

“I hope they will treat it with respect to ensure its longevity. It is another development that helps to ensure that all residents of Epworth, of all ages, have facilities here within the town that they can enjoy.”

Funding for the skate park came through early this year, when the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Liz Redfern, said she considered the scheme to be important. A Sk8 P4rk committee was formed and students worked with the council on design.