Clipstone skate park plans to go on display later this month

editorial image

PLANS for a skate park in Clipstone will go on display later this month to give residents a chance to have their say.

Cash is being made available through funds set aside by developers who built houses in the village, as part of the planning agreement.

Land at the far corner of the Highfield Road playing field is being earmarked for the park, but Newark & Sherwood and parish councillor Sheila Soar, who has been working closely with youngsters who devised the idea, described it as a ‘limited’ skate park, and is just part of wider plans for the playing fields.

She explained: “It’s an underused play area specifically protected for children’s play and which is in need of some money being spent on it to bring it up to standard for use by children and young adults in the community.

“The idea is for the community to come together to look at the plans and make comments positive or negative about its location and design.

“It will only be a couple of pieces of equipment but will be built in a way that it could be added to if we got further funding. “The Groundwork Trust have drawn up the plans, having been commissioned by the parish Council to undertake this work on their behalf.”

Coun Soar admits a skate park may be a contentious issue for some residents, especially for those living nearby, but added: “We need to look at providing health promoting activities for the kids in the community which will also divert them from anti-social behaviour as we’ve had a lot of complaints about children using skateboards and mini scooters on the street and pavements.”

Two sets of plans will go on display for a skate park with either a five-a-side football pitch, or a wildflower meadow with picnic benches complete with wooden outdoor play equipment.

Residents can say which they prefer, or suggest an alternative use, although under the developer’s 106 agreement, it must be used for children’s play.

The plans will be on display at Clipstone Village Hall on Wednesday 24th April, from 3.30-6pm.