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Residents to make the final decision over placement of Totnes skatepark

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Residents to make the final decision over placement of Totnes skatepark

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The difficult decision on which of the two Totnes Borough Park sites the skatepark will be placed at will be decided once residents have had a final say in a conclusive consultation. 

South Hams District Council have been working with local partners, residents and the skating community for several years to move past a stalemate on the whereabouts of the exciting, proposed development. 

SHDC "understand the clear need and demand for a modern, fit-for-purpose facility for the skating community" in Totnes and want to reach a decision on the proposed location "so that they can work with the community to find the remaining funding required to deliver the new skatepark". 

Two Borough Park sites remain the proposed locations for a skatepark within this key and central recreational site for the town. There are currently no other identified practical locations for a skatepark within Totnes. Even within Borough Park, the council are working within many restrictions such as noise, trees, and competing and conflicting objectives for the same space. 

South Hams District Council’s, Executive Member for Open Spaces, Cllr Victor Abbott, said: “We encourage residents, users of Borough Park and of course skatepark users to have their say in this consultation to inform our final decision. We can then move forward with the skating community with the exciting plans for the design and continued fundraising for the new skatepark. 

“So, if you do have an opinion about why one of the two proposed locations is better than the other, please do respond.” 

The consultation is now open until Thursday 12 October. Find it at totnes-skatepark.commonplace.is or via SHDC’s social media. 

 

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I believe that 2 sites are located at opposite ends of each other. One located by Sport Centre & the other by the
tennis courts & the Rugby Club building. Both on the south-westerly side of the park. I went to a public meeting held at the Rugby Club sometime in June. I think that the site by the Rugby Club would be preferable. Certainly more in accordance with the Station Road residents judging by the opinions I heard at that meeting. Although I reside by the park; I agree it would be a preferable site. The other is simply too close to the back gardens of those residents at that south-easterly end near the newer part of the Sport Centre. Essentially it would be located at the front of the existing small skating area already there, correct?
MC
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