Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Thursday 13th November 2pm

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Visit to Proposed Roundshaw Skatepark Site

I met with Malcolm Barker the Beddington & Wallington Lead Locality officer, and Mark Dalzell Head of Parks at Roundshaw Recreation ground to look at the proposed locations for a ramps and wheels play area (‘skatepark’ used as shorthand for this area which would actually be suitable for bikes and skaters too).

 

The Beddington & Wallington Local Committee had provisionally agreed to fund a skatepark out of Public Realm funds subject to consultation with local residents & young people.

 

We discussed the feedback from the consultation so far which was favourable, particularly from the young people. Then we looked at the site particularly in the light of the concerns that had also been raised by residents and local police, such as potential noise nuisance. We discussed the possible locations and agreed that the current basketball area might be best with some modifications. We also looked at other improvements that could be made to the immediate area such as removing fencing and repainting the lines on the tennis courts, as well as where to relocate the basketball hoops.

 

One of our concerns was that we needed to be sure that we were providing the sort of equipment that the children in the area wanted. Mark said that he might be able to get expert assistance from a local organisation – Elevate, if we could allow some flexibility in the committee decision over the exact design of the equipment.

 

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January 1, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

2 Comments »

  1. I am 16 years old and i live opposite the proposed area where the skatepark will be on lindbergh road, and the idea of a skatepark is very appealing because myself and many of my friends skateboard, but have to travel quite a way to get anywhere decent, mainly because i do not like mellows. However, i am very pleased at the fact that roundshaw has been thought the best place for these plans. Thank you.

    Comment by Michael Hannam | October 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for this feedback Michael. The skatepark (strictly a ‘wheels and ramps park’) has been given the go ahead and work has started on it. From the consultation we did we learnt that young people in the area also wanted to see better football, basketball and tennis facilities so we are improving all these areas on Roundshaw Park at the same time. We have tried to get skaters involved in the design of the wheels and ramps so I hope you like the final result. I think the aim was for it to be a bit more challenging than the Mellows ramps but not as big as St Helier.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | October 8, 2009 | Reply


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