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Monday, February 17, 2014
The wait for a skate park in Thetford will continue after councillors decided they needed to see a proposed site before making a commitment.
Members of Breckland Council’s Planning Committee will visit Joe Blunt’s Lane during the next month as they decide whether the site is suitable for a £100,000 facility.
The committee heard from representatives from Croxton Parish Council, in whose parish the site lies, and Thetford Town Council, the applicants, at a meeting on Monday.
Croxton Parish Council has objected to the plans on the grounds that the site is unsuitable due to issues with access and the impact it will have on Thetford Academy.
Bob King, parish council chairman, cited objections from Thetford Academy principal, Adrian Ball, as he addressed the committee.
Mr Ball is concerned that the site will not be properly managed which will impact on the academy due to rising instances of anti-social behaviour.
Robert Childerhouse, Breckland councillor for Croxton, echoed Mr King’s concerns.
He said: “You will be doing the skate boarders of Thetford a great disservice if you give them hope for another site that will not be completed because it has not been thought through.”
But Corinne Fulford, from Thetford Town Council, said Mr Ball had since eased his position on the site following a meeting with the town council.
She cited a petition in support of the plans that had 1,800 signatures and the 70 letters sent to Breckland Council that backed the proposals.
“There is strong support from local community leaders and neighbours for this to go ahead.
“We have worked hard to address Mr Ball’s concerns and made significant progress,” she said.
Paul Claussen, committee member, said members did not have enough information to decide on the application.
He proposed that the committee conduct a site visit so as to better assess the proposal.
His proposal was approved.
A visit will now take place before the planning committee’s next meeting, on March 17.
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