Plans for new skate park on Danesholme estate in Corby

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Youngsters on a Corby estate could soon have their own skate park to use and enjoy.

Corby Council has secured funding through the Land Fill Communities Scheme from WREN to provide a skate park for people living on the Danesholme estate.

If approved, the skate park will be built on council-owned land to the west of the Motala Close car park and to the south of Danesholme Primary School.

The equipment would be low and contain a number of ramps suitable for skateboarders, BMX riders and scooter riders.

It is hoped that the new skate park would compliment the existing multi-use games area nearby and help to provide a wide range of activities within the open space.

A report on the plans, due to be considered by councillors tonight (Tuesday), states: “The skate park would deliver a facility which enhances the community by providing a skate park that young people can enjoy.

“The skate park will be free of charge and available to the whole community, in particular giving young people somewhere to skate, scoot and BMX.

“The skate park is located within an existing park, adjacent to an existing multi-use games area and sufficiently distanced from the closest properties on North Cape Walk so as to minimise any unlikely disturbance to people living nearby.

“Overall, it is considered this will be an important and valued facility for the community of Danesholme and there are no valid reasons to justify refusing permission.”

The proposal was first suggested as part of a consultation exercise carried out by Inspiring Neighbourhoods and linked in with Corby Council, Northamptonshire Police and Back to School.

After gathering the views of more than 300 young people in the area, a skate park came out as the preferred option and the proposal was put forward.

There was further support for the scheme with a letter of support from Groundwork Northamptonshire for a skate park alongside a petition with about 100 signatures on it.

It has been recommended that the plans by Corby Council are approved by the authority’s development control committee.

The meeting takes place at 6pm tonight (Tuesday) in the council chamber at the Cube in Corby.