New skate park plan approved for Preston Park near Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times: An artist's impression of the new skate park planned for Preston Park near Stockton An artist's impression of the new skate park planned for Preston Park near Stockton

PLANS for a £250,000 skate park for skaters, scooter riders and BMX enthusiasts has been approved.

The skate park, which will be about the size of a football pitch, will be created in Preston Park, Eaglescliffe.

The plan was unanimously approved by Stockton Borough council’s planning committee on Wednesday, January 15 and there were no objections.

The skate park will include jumps, street furniture, a plaza-type facility, rollovers, spines, jump boxes and quarter pipes and will have a bridge feature. It has been designed to be suitable for both beginners as well as experienced skaters. It will be built where the crazy golf facility is currently located.

A report to the planning committee noted Preston Hall and grounds were Grade II-listed, but said: “The crazy golf is a modern intervention within the park and considered to be a less sensitive area of the park with other modern facilities adjacent including the cafe, toilet block and car parking area.”

Stockton council has previously approved a skate park in Billingham’s John Whitehead Park. The new facility will be jointly funded Sport England and Stockton Council and is due to open in the spring.

Stockton Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “This will be an excellent addition to Preston Park and it will provide a terrific new facility for young people to enjoy their sport in safe surroundings with a properly maintained, landscaped and well-designed course.”

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5:54pm Thu 16 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Am I dreaming here or are the council really going to spend £250,000 on a skate park, when there - Cutting services to the bone, making people redundant, cutting funding, slashing every budget they can and worse.

This is a mad idea, in this time of depression, absolutely mad.
Am I dreaming here or are the council really going to spend £250,000 on a skate park, when there - Cutting services to the bone, making people redundant, cutting funding, slashing every budget they can and worse. This is a mad idea, in this time of depression, absolutely mad. NO EINSTEIN
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8:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

callummiller says...

Blimey people moan when the kids have nowt to do and nowhere to go, then they moan when they build something for them to do, can't please all the moaners all of the time I suppose!
Blimey people moan when the kids have nowt to do and nowhere to go, then they moan when they build something for them to do, can't please all the moaners all of the time I suppose! callummiller
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9:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

callummiller wrote:
Blimey people moan when the kids have nowt to do and nowhere to go, then they moan when they build something for them to do, can't please all the moaners all of the time I suppose!
Its nothing to do with moaning its the economics of it all.

Give people a job and a roof over their head, or kids a place to vandalise, sorry I mean play.
[quote][p][bold]callummiller[/bold] wrote: Blimey people moan when the kids have nowt to do and nowhere to go, then they moan when they build something for them to do, can't please all the moaners all of the time I suppose![/p][/quote]Its nothing to do with moaning its the economics of it all. Give people a job and a roof over their head, or kids a place to vandalise, sorry I mean play. NO EINSTEIN
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9:43am Fri 17 Jan 14

callummiller says...

Love it when people want to just moan and moan about something cos they can, at lest if your're going to gripe about something stick your real name on a post lol, its partially funded and otherfunds have come from elsewhere. People have moaned for years that kids have nothing to do and now we give them something you moan lol. Instead of sitting on ya backside do something about the area then, inside of hiding behind an alias lmao.
Love it when people want to just moan and moan about something cos they can, at lest if your're going to gripe about something stick your real name on a post lol, its partially funded and otherfunds have come from elsewhere. People have moaned for years that kids have nothing to do and now we give them something you moan lol. Instead of sitting on ya backside do something about the area then, inside of hiding behind an alias lmao. callummiller
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