Silverdale skatepark decision looms

Plans to build a new skatepark on a village green have been recommended for refusal.

Friday, 29th April 2016, 9:00 am

Proposals for a multi-use skatepark and tennis court designed for young people in Silverdale will be discussed by Lancaster City Council on Tuesday, May 3.

The field at Silverdale Village Institute, on Spring Bank, has been at the centre of controversy.

If given the go-ahead a concrete bowl will be built which will be used by skateboarders, skaters, scooters and BMX cyclists. Pedestrian and cycle access would also be added along with a 35m long tennis court.

A previous application was withdrawn last year and TV soap star Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Macey (nee Dingle) in Emmerdale, slammed the idea.

Opinion has been split again and more than 50 people have objected. Concerns have been raised over access, parking and public transport, the visual impact on the area, disruption to wildlife and loss of green space.

However, nine people will be supporting the skatepark which they believe represents an opportunity for people of all ages to partake in sport and recreation, and recognise there is a need for sports facilities.

Tim Stothert, applicant for the skatepark, said in a planning document they want to encourage walking and cycling to the field and will take into account the amount of green space used. Mr Stothert was unavailable for a comment when the paper went to press.