Council says ‘no’ to skate park

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Plans to build a new skate park on a well used open space in Mildenhall have been recommended not to be approved.

Following Mildenhall Parish Council’s latest recreational management committee meeting, it was decided by members that proposals put forward by Mildenhall Community Partnership (MCP) to build a new skate park on the Jubilee Fields should not be given the go-ahead when it returns to the agenda at this month’s full parish council meeting.

“Members agreed that the Jubilee Fields is not the right place to build a skate park mainly because of the fact it is on a flood plain,” said Cllr David Bowman.

“The place where it would be ideal for the skate park on the Jubilee Fields is probably the wettest part, so while it would be fine in the summer months in the winter it would it would be soggy, and if anything went wrong with the park it would cause issues.”

Although the parish council’s recreational management committee have suggested the proposals by MCP for the project on the playing fields should not be supported, Cllr Bowman, said that the council would lend their backing to plans to build a skate park at a more appropriate location in the town.

“The right place for this to be built on is the St John’s estate as I do think the idea is good for the town,” said Cllr Bowman.

“There are a lot of youngsters up there and it would help develop the facilities they have up there at present. If the cash could be raised to move it forward and get it built on the St John’s estate then I would think that the council would support it.”

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