Torridge District Council’s Full Council approved a £50,000 capital investment that will act as the catalyst in the provision of a £200,000 destination skate park for the District.
The Capital investment will match-fund already secured external funding of £50,000 towards the provision of a new permanent concrete facility in Bideford. Being constructed from concrete, the proposed facility will be built to last and therefore maintenance liabilities will be minimised and appropriate additional acoustic works will help minimise noise levels
Councillors also agreed, subject to planning permissions, a new permanent site for the facility in Bideford which followed extensive consultations. The site is a more suitable, cost-effective and safer location at the redundant tennis courts that sit within the Bideford Sports grounds.
Councillor Phil Pennington, Lead Member for Community, Culture & Leisure said: “This financial support from Torridge District Council will enable the creation of a skate facility that will put Bideford and indeed Torridge on the map; it will provide a facility unlike any other in Devon, one that will pull in users and families from across the South West.”
Following the approval, officers are authorised to prepare and submit a planning application for the skate park on the identified site. This will allow the commencement of the first phase of a 2 phase, £200k project. The second phase of the project will then be completed when ring-fenced housing development 106 contribution funding becomes available.
Officers will now undertake the process of finding a suitable contractor to carry out the works which will include a robust consultation with the general public and potential users.