Kessingland skatepark plans face opposition

Young people in a north Suffolk village have seen their ambitious plans for a skatepark firmly rejected by a group responsible for the land it was hoped it would be built on.

As previously reported there are growing demands for youngsters in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, to be given their own skate and BMX park as they are forced to travel to Lowestoft and further afield to practice their favorite hobbies.

To address a lack of facilities in the Kessingland the teenagers and their parents have been lobbying for a skatepark to be built on part of the Francis Road playing fields, which is owned by the parish council and which supports the plans.

However the youngsters' dreams have hit a major hurdle in the form of the Kessingland Sports and Social Club(KSSC), which holds the lease for the playing field and has consulted a solicitor over the teenagers' demands.

At a public meeting in July, KSSC representatives opposed the plans on the grounds it would have to pay maintenance and insurance costs and that another area of land was more suitable for a skatepark.

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Following the meeting a letter was sent to the KSSC from Callum Goddard, 15, explaining why the playing fields were a prefect site for a skatepark and would be much needed facility for the village.

In a reply to Callum and skatepark support group, the KSSC said in a letter: 'There is no nice or easy way of wrapping this up, but I regret that we have to refuse your request.

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'We have had a meeting with our solicitor, who has examined the documents that legally govern the actions we as trustees are allowed to take and he confirms, in line with previously received advice, that we should not have a skatepark on the KSSC land.'

The letter goes on to state that the KSSC supports the village's young people in their quest for a skatepark for Kessingland and is corresponding with Waveney District Council over the matter.

The KSSC has said that a district council report has identified land off London Road which could be bought for recreational development.

See Friday's Journal for a full report on the skatepark letters

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