Skate park to undergo revamp

A POPULAR skate park is in line for a major renovation after it was decided to keep the site open.

Kettering Council’s executive committee has decided to keep the Ise Skate Park open and give it a makeover, after its current dilapidated state brought its future into question.

The park is used by up to 100 people every day. The news was welcomed by skaters, including Matt Clarke, 22, of Kettering, who has been using the site for a decade.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news.

“We’ve been waiting for about four or five years for a refurbishment like this.

“It’s important for the area because it’s a brilliant place for kids to go and we get people here from all over the county.

“Corby has a really successful skate park but it’s quite expensive for kids to go there from Kettering.

“The Ise Skate Park is still skateable but it’s not in a good condition.”

The park also attracts youngsters who use BMX bikes, scooters and skates.

It was built in 2002, costing £30,000, and had £53,000 of noise reduction work carried out on it two years later.

The cost of the refurbishment is estimated by council officers at £50,000 to £80,000.

The council has said £30,000 could come from a Section 106 agreement which a developer put towards community facilities.

The money needs to be spent by July.

The council also considered whether to find another location for a skate park in the town, but this could have taken at least 18 months to complete.

Steve Bellamy, the councillor responsible for leisure provision, welcomed the revamp but stressed the importance of keeping nearby residents happy.

He said: “I’m over the Moon it’s going to be given a revamp and I hope it’ll be the envy of surrounding towns.

“Those who had concerns about the park came from neighbouring streets.

“There’s a small anti-social element to the park and we need to have measures in place to stop this happening.

“We need to get a happy medium between the park’s users and residents.”

Naj Mistry, of Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs, said: “It’s brilliant that the park is being revamped.

“I spoke to a few of the users of the park this week, and some of them said they would help out with any revamp work and would try to fundraise to help the cause which is great news.”