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Councillors aim to get their skates on
KNUTSFORD’S plans for a skate park are back on the town council’s agenda.
Plans were first mooted for a skate park in Over Ward in 2010 after youngsters had approached the town council asking them to consider the project.
A working group for the skate park was set up the following year, but has not met in more than a year, and councillors discussed what should happen next at the latest environment meeting this month.
Clr Andrew Malloy said it was important to meet to set a target.
Clr Jan Nicholson told the meeting she believed that the group was waiting for David Heffernan, a former town councillor who began the bid for a skate park, to come forward and meet the working group.
“From what I can remember we are waiting for our external instigator (Mr Heffernan) to come forward with a properly constituted membership and bank details,” she said.
“I’m at a loss to see how this can go forward. It’s just going on and on, and something needs to happen.
“While the idea from the external member (Mr Heffernan) was a good one at the time, things have moved on apace in Knutsford, plus is there any spare land available in Knutsford?
“Perhaps we should have another go at a working group meeting.”
Clr Malloy added he had heard from Great Places Housing Trust that land near the new football pitch had once been put forward for the skate park.
But Clr Clive Nicholson responded: “I thought I would advise Clr Malloy that a soil survey, where the football pitch is, was completed, and it was deemed unsuitable for a skate park – and that was provided by Cheshire East Council and the surveyors.”
It was agreed that an invitation would be sent to Mr Heffernan asking him to meet the working group so the plans could be discussed in further detail.
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