Concerns about location of proposed Sprowston skate park

Sprowston skatepak plan. Picture: Supplied

Sprowston skatepak plan. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

Councillors have raised concerns about the location of a new £100,000 skate park on the edge of Norwich.

The outdoor facility is proposed to be built on an area of recreation ground off Blue Boar Lane, in Sprowston. But during a meeting on Wednesday night, Sprowston town councillors and people living nearby questioned the suitability of the location.

Councillor Tony Landamore said: 'I think this is a rushed attempt and I think we also need to consider other facilities. We already have an under used BMX park, and someone has said 'maybe merge the two together'.'

Plans for the new skate park were first announced back in September last year after developers Norfolk Homes agreed to provide funding.

It is part of the company's new 75-home housing development off Blue Boar Lane and would be situated just off the Tesco roundabout.

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Barbara Lashley added: 'I am aware in the neighbourhood plan that facilities for the older children were to be in the north east part of Sprowston. We talked a lot about that, then all of a sudden this appeared because someone was prepared to give us money to do it on this piece of land.'

The council said it had received numerous letters of concern from people living nearby about the possibility of anti-social behaviour.

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Speaking at the meeting, Marie Newson, 29, from Jobie Wood Close, said: 'It is literally going to be outside my property. When I purchased it, I was told it would be a children's play space. I would not want that in front of my house at all.'

The council is to ask developers to provide further details about the plans. Norfolk Homes's managing director Philip Makepeace said other locations for the park were limited.

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