‘We will be going back to square one’ - Concern that plans for £100,000 skate park in Sprowston could be scrapped
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Members of a youth organisation fear plans for a new £100,000 skate park in Sprowston could be scrapped.
The long-awaited facility, proposed for land off Blue Boar Lane, has been in the pipeline since 2015.
But the project has been met with strong opposition from people living on the nearby Manor Reach estate. They claim it will attract anti-social behaviour and noise to the area.
They will present Sprowston Town Council with a survey at its meeting tomorrow, showing the majority of residents who took part want the area to be landscaped.
In response, members of the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP) are now urging councillors to proceed with the scheme.
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Clare Lincoln, project lead for SYEP, said: 'If it doesn't go ahead, we will be going back to square one again. Every single time the council finds a place for it, the residents oppose it.
'It is frustrating for the parents and young people who want this to go ahead. But if it is going to make people really unhappy, it will be difficult for the council to go with it.'
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She said young people in the town had been asking for a skate park for more than five years.
And in June last year, more than 400 people signed a petition backing the plans.
Developer Norfolk Homes initially agreed to fund the skate park as part of a large housing development off Blue Boar Lane.
But following outcry from residents in the area, it later presented the council with a different offer.
The company would provide £50,000 for a skate park at a new location, and a further £50,000 for either play equipment or landscaping at the Blue Boar Lane site.
It has previously stated it would object to an application for a skate park at the Blue Boar Lane site.
Should the council decide to take up the developer's amended offer, it would have to find a new suitable location elsewhere in the town.
Sprowston Town Council is to discuss the plans at its meeting on May 17.