Skate park plans hit obstacle after objections from council
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Plans for a long-awaited £100,000 skate park in Thetford could be set to come off the rails after objections were made.
Young people have been waiting for a new site for a proposed facility for more than 18 months after previous plans to build one behind Breckland Leisure Centre were scrapped in 2012.
Thetford Town Council entered a revised planning application to Breckland Council in December, showing that the park will be located next to Thetford Academy with access from Joe Blunt's Lane.
But the park's location lies within the bounds of Croxton, and the village's parish council has raised fears about health and safety and sustainability.
Councillor Ivor Andrew has written to Breckland's planning department to object to the plans and Robert King, chairman, said the council was frustrated that it had not been consulted before the plans were entered.
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'The location is not right and the issue is that access to emergency services is limited and that it's at the extreme end of Thetford.
'People are going to have to travel right through the town to reach it and it's not ideal.
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'All councillors talk about transparency nowadays and it would have made sense to us for some consultation to have taken place with us before plans were entered to build in our parish,' he said.
Robert Childerhouse, Breckland councillor for Croxton, has also written to the committee, saying that 'considerable concerns' have been raised about the project.
Corinne Fulford, chair of Thetford Town Council's Amenities Committee, said she was 'surprised' by the objections.
'I don't really understand the basis of the objections and I'll be interested to see what they amount to.
'I'm surprised and a little disappointed at the initial reaction given that it's so early in the process but I am very keen to their concerns,' she said.
The plans are due to go before Breckland's Planning Committee on February 17.
Funding of £100,000 has been ring-fenced for the project.
What do you think about the parish council's objections? Is there somewhere else you would rather see the park built? Email reporter Andrew Fitchett firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07584 503055.