Cromer skatepark gets �20,000 pledge from council

Campaigners are celebrating a double victory after winning planning permission for a skatepark - then getting a �20,000 pledge towards the project. At Monday's Cromer Town Council, members agreed to pledge the sum towards the facility at The Meadow.

It came a few days after North Norfolk District Council planners gave the go-ahead to the skatepark, ending a 30-year quest for a site in Cromer.

At the town council meeting, Greg Hayman was supported in his proposal to give �20,000 - either from the planned sale of the lodge at the cemetery on Holt Road, 'other sources' or from a predicted underspend on the budget.

He said: 'It's time for this council to make a significant contribution to this.'

Last Thursday's planning consent was a major breakthrough in the battle to provide the facility for local youngsters. NNDC's development control committee voted unanimously in favour of amended plans.

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In July they suggested moving the planned site slightly east into the mini golf area, further away from sheltered housing, a footpath and an informal play area.

But negotiations concluded the original site was best, with a redesign to avoid the path and minimise the impact on the ball games.

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Skatepark chairman Edward Land said after the decision: 'It has brought all our hard work to a wonderful conclusion, and it is wonderful that councillors have got behind our vision.'

Sixteen letters, including a 22-name petition, were against the revised plans, with 23 letters in favour.

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