Delay in building first skatepark

The site in Fleetwood's Marine Gardens where a new skatepark is planned.

The site in Fleetwood's Marine Gardens where a new skatepark is planned.

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There has been a delay in the construction of Fleetwood’s first skatepark.

Originally the facility, which is part of the Five for Fleetwood project, was due to be up and running by November, but now it is more likely to be Easter next year.

Wyre Council says the delay is because of more site testing, which is due to be done in the next few weeks.

A council spokeswoman said: “Following prolonged discussions, we have now pinned the contractor down to a timetable.

“Detailed plans should be drawn up by the end of the year, and then these can be shared with interested parties, ready for a start on site in February.

“Construction should take approximately two months, which would tie-in with an Easter opening date.

“Rest assured the council is still committed to delivering this exciting new facility, and officers will be doing all they can to keep things on track.”

The skatepark is just one section of the £1.2m Five for Fleetwood scheme, and has been warmly welcomed by youngsters in Fleetwood as a place to practice their skateboarding skills.

It was originally earmarked for a site opposite hotels and guest houses further east on The Esplanade, but businesses there campaigned to have the location changed, citing concerns over noise and nuisance.

The skatepark will now be built in a corner of the Marine Gardens, near to the Mount Hotel, where it will be well lit and close to CCTV.

Coun Emma Anderton, a member of Fleetwood Skatepark Committee, said: “We were a little bit disappointed, but obviously we want the skatepark to be right. Even if it had been ready by November, I don’t envisage lots of people flocking there at that time of the year.

“An Easter opening will probably be better because the weather will hopefully be improving, it’s the start of the season and we should be able to have a great launch. For the sake of a couple of months, I don’t think it’s a problem.”