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27th Jun, 2022

Controversial skate park plans in Ettington look set for approval

A SKATE park looks set to be built in Ettington despite a slew of objections from residents.

The plans for the controversial park, on the recreation ground in Roger’s Lane, look set to be approved after the application received over 100 objections.

The proposed park would include a mixture of low-level ramps, located near to a community centre and 40 metres from the nearest house. Planning officers say it would be viewed in context of a wider communal and multi-games use area. They also assure, at 1.5 metres above ground level, the equipment would not be an eyesore and its open plan design would mitigate against anti-social behaviour.

But residents are not convinced, and insist the park would result in noise, littering, and loss of green space.

One resident argued: “This will significantly disrupt a valuable community asset. This area is used by many people in the village including young and old for recreational purposes and the addition of a skateboard park will only add value to a small minority.”

The resident added, while she took into account the findings of the noise-report as minimal, it was the constant noise of the wheels which was ‘likely to drive people in the surrounding area mad’

But officers responding to concerns say the park would not be harmful to nearby residents and amenities, and its impact on the landscape and local character, would be negligible.

The park looks set to be approved at a planning committee on Wednesday (September 9).

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