Disappointed members of Cromer Skatepark say they will spend their funds putting ramps in the town’s North Lodge Park after council planners switched the expected site of their hoped-for permanent home.

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North Norfolk District Council’s development committee this morning voted in favour of a sloped site which would take up part of the pitch and putt course on The Meadow.

Officers had recommended a flat site on The Meadow, north west of the Weavers’ Way footpath, and close to a children’s play area and zip wire.

Cromer Skatepark chairman Andrew Harrison-Robertshaw said after the meeting that the revised site would involve even more delays after a 20-year wait for facilities.

“We’re just being passed from pillar to post. It was the district council that suggested the first site on The Meadow and now they’re changing their minds. I’m not happy about it,” he said.

“This will lead to more time wasted and more opportunities for people to complain. It’s going to go round in circles for years and years.”

Benjamin Cabbell Manners proposed the alternative after telling fellow committee members that the flat site was close to sheltered housing and would take away land used daily by children for informal football, cricket and rugby.

Members voted to give officers delegated powers to approve the sloped site, subject to no new objections being received and a fresh consultation and re-advertisement of the proposals.

Cromer town councillor Scott Eastwood spoke in favour of the application during the meeting. Afterwards he echoed the skatepark campaigners’ disappointment and said he believed the officers’ recommended solution would have left enough vacant land for children to play other games on the site.

“The sloped site will increase costs - and there will be drainage considerations. It would also mean losing some of the pitch and putt facility,” said Mr Eastwood.

Skateboarders have been using North Lodge Park temporarily while waiting for a permanent home.

Mr Harrison-Robertshaw said the group had fund-raised about £2,000 towards a skatepark and would now use this to develop one in North Lodge Park. He realised that, by doing so, they would forfeit a £10,000 grant from the district council’s Big Society Fund but said that would only have been available for a year and would have lapsed anyway because of inevitable further delays with the sloped site.

The application for a skatepark on The Meadow generated 11 letters of objection - on grounds including noise and visual intrusion - and 23 letters of support.

The bid followed years of disappointment as possible permanent sites fell through at Happy Valley, Fearns Field and North Lodge Park.

Addressing the committee, Cromer Academy student Phoebe Gee, 14, said young people really deserved a skatepark and it would keep them off dangerous roads and out of trouble by giving them something to do.

32 comments

  • last poster--behave yourself.i dont agree with the rough skateboard park.That makes me someone who likes peace and quiet and a classy neighbourhood.dont insult people in such a childish hackneyed manner.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I have to say I am surprised they have changed their minds at his stage. However, I do think that the state of some skateparks in our area has not helped the youngsters cause. I live fairly close to one and the litter, broken glass, drinks cans, grafitti is very bad. They were provided with a shelter to sit in and this has has the plastic windows smashed, has grafitti all over it and the built in seats are used to stub cigarettes out on. This was provided for young people and they have totally abused it.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, July 27, 2012

  • Hi Tinkerbell, don't worry you will not lose the Pitch and Putt, agree this is great for everyone to enjoy. Cabbell Manners proposes that a new site will be in the dip where the Pitch and Putt meets the flat piece of green playing field.

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    happycromermum

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • In their tiny-minded, swivel-eyed, microcephalic, bungaloid-curtain-twitching, Daily-Mail-reading way, the elderly nimbies of Cromer have once again moved the goalpoasts, kicking any facilities for teenagers into touch, slicing any hopes for a skatepark into the long grass, and other sporting metaphors I can't bring to mind at the minute. How cruel, selfish and cynical.

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    Henry Gee

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Thank you Mr Majeika for you support, I am also not so young anymore, but can see the age groups of 8 + need something, and I do not think a skatepark is too much to ask for, for them, especially when they are prepared to work hard to raise the fund themselves.

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    Amanda

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • some of the comments make me cringe classy nieghbourhood retired here here for quiet why is it that once here these people want to have all things like a top notch hospital a tesco etc etc and never mind the people whos ancestors have lived here for years. i think did these people retire here or were they forced from thier own birthplace by outsiders and thats what makes them so grumpy?? in olden times kids were seen and not heard spoke only when spoken to and it seems that is what our retired gentlefolk would love now ,well its about time you realised that some of these kids are related to you somewhere along the line. GIVE THE KIDS A SKATEPARK not a lot of moaning and whinging

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Friday, July 27, 2012

  • Thank you Adam for your encouraging words and advice, and Stephen for your comments. Thanks also to samphirelover, you make a good point, we have encouraged our young people to litter pick, recycle and to respect their environment at the residents of North Lodge.

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    happycromermum

    Friday, July 27, 2012

  • I apologise Scott, I know you have been for the skatepark, I admired the way you took the time to talk to some of the kids at one of the meetings, but I do get the feeling that not all the Town Council are for the skatepark. As for Bookworm you should be ashamed of your attitude regarding North Norfolk being just for the elderly, what a rediculous statement and ill informed, it is a minority of teenagers who may come home drunk, my son for one who is a keen BMX rider is also a member of NNSLC and is counting down the days until he can apply to be a member of the RNLI, irresponsible teenager I think not. It is the youngsters of this town that are the future, it is the younger generation who work in our shops, do repairs to our houses etc, are nurses, carers etc, I suggest if you just want to be with the elderly book yourself into a old peoples home and do not venture out as you are obviously someone who has no idea what being part of a community should be.

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    Amanda

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • too much is done to please children.money and tax credits are thrown at them and they sit in supermarket trollies with shoes on.how hygenic is that?the park is out of keeping with a quiet NNorfolk area.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I would like to thank Scott very much for attending today's meeting, your support is much appreciated. I am proud to say that my daughter spoke up this morning on behalf of the young people who have been fundraising for a skate park in Cromer. Although this is a setback we will continue in our efforts. My daughter and her friends are amazing and hard working youngsters who are proud to live in Cromer and engage actively in community activities to make it a town we should all be proud to live in. I am saddened by the comments about teenagers. The Cromer skate park young people are a great bunch of people and are our future, please give them a chance.

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    happycromermum

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Well, there's a surprise NOT! They had no intention of letting the kids have a skatepark, and I don't think they ever will, the district council and town council don't give a damn about the kids, they are only interested in what is best for them as individuals and keeping those pleased that vote for them. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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    Amanda

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I dont on this. Ive lived in Cromer all my life,longer than many of the people posting here.. Why should youngsters born here be ignored because older people move in. This is a community FOR ALL AGES, not just for a few selfish older people.

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    Mr Majika

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • old people ou number the young so they should decide.i thought u agreed with me on bus fare issues mr m?

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • the whole thing is fishy this is why they called it in when there were only 10 complaints

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Methinks "bookworm" is in the business of trying to wind everyone up - and succeeding! Speaking as someone in their sixties and retired, I think that the young people of Cromer get a pretty raw deal when it comes to facilities. No skatepark, no swimming pool, and I believe, no youth club. So come on NNDC, pull your finger out and find a suitable site!

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    LittleEnoch

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Everyone is entitled to there opinion I agree, but I and otheres have the right to disagree when someone suggest NN is just for the elderly and that is why a skatepark should not be built, this is wrong, if a relevant argument was put forward, i.e wildlife impact, traffic etc, but to tar all teenagers as being drunks and trouble makers, this is when the majority of people get angry.

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    Amanda

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Bravo Amanda! Speaking as one on the cusp of becoming an grumpy old man I have seen the youngsters in this town knocked back time & again. I have no kids myself but why should kids be excluded because of a few who dont like a bit of noise;where they never young or were they born old like Benjamin Button?

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    Mr Majika

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Does this mean we will lose the Pitch and Putt? This is not clear. We should not have to lose this very good facility, which is suitable for all ages.

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    Tinkerbell

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Amanda- the town council is in favour of the skatepark and that is why i took time off work this morning to attend. It is the District councillors who have made this decission- not the town council.

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    Scotteastwood

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • bookworm - your comments demonstrate that my caricature of elderly nimbies as selfish is correct. Your comment "NN is for old folk" is ample evidence of this. Very few teenagers come home drunk at 1 am. If I were to subscribe to your brand of hatred, I might ask how many oldies dither around, cause road accidents, clog up surgeries, and dominate pavements in their horrible mobility daleks? The fact is that Cromer is for everyone, and young people, the future of our community, get a very raw deal. Elderly people who retire here should understand that living in a community such as this requires give and take. Cromer doesn't exist to serve their needs.

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    Henry Gee

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • NN is for old folk.look round u.thousands retire there for a good life.why ruin it pandering to the latest whim of the youth?

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • What a shame the majority of these comments are angry and verging on the offensive and many are ageist. Those not in favour of the skatepark have a right to express their views too. Would it not be sensible now for the Cromer and Sheringham skatepark groups to work together adding the Cromer finances to the Sheringham pot to provide the best facility for the entire area? After all, we're always saying the two towns need to work together and we are only a couple of miles apart.

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    mimig10

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • The Conservatives are living up to their "out of touch" reputation. Firstly by majorly cocking up proposals for North Lodge Park in Cromer, and now this.

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    Jono

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • mimig10 so you are saying you do not want a skatepark in cromer how is that right for the younger generation

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • teenagers are cruel and selfish---they come home at 1am drunk --waking up oldies.yes we are right to be "curtain twitchers".

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Just a note for the residents of Cromer; this tory admin in N Norfolk will tell us what we need & not listen to what we want. Next election, kick the lot out.

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    Mr Majika

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Cllr.s after years of planning, once again have listened to those who have been negative about this project all along. Their inability and interference in Cromer's affairs has cost the skaters their grant. Now they have to start again from scratch. North Norfolk's character is rapidly becoming child unfriendly as cllr.s fund concerns that has voting adults asking for, whilst ignoring, once again the concerns of children and teenagers. Not progressive, or clever.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • bookworm- not all teenagers are coming home at 1am waking people up when drunk. Also this town is for everyone not just those who chose to retire here. it is for all of the town people whether young or old. Please dont post this hatred about young people its not productive nor cleaver.

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    Scotteastwood

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • As an active member of NNSLSC i must say that NNDC are supportive of developing youth programes. it has taken us 5 years to get the NNSLSC Clubhouse at Red Lion Steps and NNDC supported us all the way....sort your costings and design (by an architect) and health n safety assesments then deliver these plus your funding securements to NNDC and your park will happen..slope and all...some of the best local parks are sloped..(Norwich..took 5 years of negotiation n funding bids)

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    Adam

    Friday, July 27, 2012

  • Always though North Lodge was a better site, as the weight of population live in the area. However, please let the youngsters have their skate park at either this site or Meadow. Of course some kids are a pain in the neck, but so are some older folk. Our near neighbour is 80 and a complete grump and noisy bu**ger. Most kids from what I see are a credit to the town. Good luck, kids

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    weaversway

    Friday, July 27, 2012

  • Bookworm; behave yourself. This town is not just for older people, it's a community;we need to include the youngsters & give them something or we just become God's waiting room.

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    Mr Majika

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Old age is a state of mind. 'Hope I die before I get old' quoth Roger Daltrey, and how right he was. I'm 50, by the way, and regularly come home at 2 am after playing gigs with my heavy rock band (though not drunk, I hasten to add.) My kids think I'm fantastic.

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    Henry Gee

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

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