Plans submitted for new £300,000 skate park in Melton’s Priors Close Park

An artist's impression giving an idea of how the new Melton Skatepark will look. EMN-150106-155316001
An artist's impression giving an idea of how the new Melton Skatepark will look. EMN-150106-155316001

A vision of a new £300,000 skate park in Melton’s Priors Close Park has moved another step closer to reality now that a planning application has been received by the borough council.

The purpose-built facility would replace the current outdated skate park in Priors Close which is bordered by Play Close Park.

If planning permission is granted by the council it’s hoped work on the smooth concrete-finished skate park could start this summer, taking about 18 weeks to complete.

A design and access statement, in support of the application, says: “The proposal will improve the whole aesthetic approach of a skate park within a green environment as well as reducing the noise levels produced at the current skate park.

“With the provision of the new cutting edge design skate park it’s envisaged that increased use of the park will prove to be beneficial to all the surrounding facilities. It’s usual practice for families to arrive in a town, having dropped off the skater, and spend the day shopping, sightseeing, eating and so on before collecting the boy or girl and going back home a number of hours later.

“We know a new skate park increases the number of visits by these ‘skate tourists’ hugely and there will be a real and tangible financial benefit to the town once it goes ahead.”

Young people have helped raise funds towards the new skatepark, with members of the Melton Skate Park Group holding their own fundraising events as well as helping to attract external funding for the project. They’ve also had an input into the new skate park’s preferred design.

To help make sure the new skate park is used in a positive way Melton Council is considering setting up a ‘skate ranger’ scheme. Skate rangers would be current skate park users who would help local police community support officers (Pcsos) to enforce a loose set of guidelines. Project supporters also say the skate park will continue to be monitored by Pcsos who will deal with any issues of anti-social behaviour should they arise.

The application will be decided by Melton Council in due course.

For more about the project visit www.facebook.com/meltonmowbrayskatepark