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Town Council ‘understands the need for replacement Skate Park’

 
Created on 07/10/2020 @ 19:04
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There is hope tonight that Welshpool Skate Park can be saved with the Town Clerk stating that the Council “understands the need for a replacement skateboard park”.

The town has been up-in-arms following last week’s decision to shut it down and dismantle it following a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents report that the park was now in a dangerous condition.

It provoked a big reaction with a petition running up over 1,100 signatures in less than a week, and the sport’s Governing body for England and Wales saying they would like to help out to find a solution.

And there was more encouraging news tonight with the Town Clerk, Anne Wilson, softening the council’s stance by saying that they want to find a positive solution by consulting with the relevant parties.

“Welshpool Town Council is bemused as to why there is a national and local campaign to save the skateboard park,” she said this evening.

“The current facility is dangerous and beyond safe repair as confirmed by ROSPA and we would be failing in our duty as a local authority if we left it in situ and no doubt severely criticised. Like us, we are sure that no one wishes to see anyone have a serious accident on it.

“At no time has the Town Council ever said that they will not be replacing it but it is sensible that we look at all the options, including local consultation and opportunities for grant funding otherwise we would have to simply increase the Council Tax to fund it.

“Local fundraising would also help the replacement if anyone would like to organise it. Please take on board that the Council understands the need for a replacement skateboard park!”

 

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