Ramping up progress on skatepark redevelopment

December 01 2017

A NEW cafe hub has been included in plans to redevelop Thornbury’s skatepark.

A NEW cafe hub has been included in plans to redevelop Thornbury’s skatepark.

Other proposals include the future expansion of the site behind the town’s leisure centre and the possible provision of a bike track in a neighbouring field.

Young people have already been consulted on the ideas through events at the skatepark itself and at the Castle School.

But there is still a short time for anyone to make comments, which have to be received by the end of November.

Thornbury Town Council said it had been working with Krunch, which provides youth activities and mentoring in the town, as well as the skatepark’s own user group and youth organisation Streetspace for the past two years to improve the facilities at the skatepark, which has been named REKRE8. 

Funds for establishing the cafe have already been raised through organisations such as the Round Table, Lions and Seedbed, as well as from the council.

The council is also negotiating with landowner South Gloucestershire Council to take over control of the site to allow the improvements to progress. It said subject to consultation and planning permission, it was hoped the hub would be in place by the spring of 2018.

Clive Parkinson, chairman of the town council’s playing fields and cemetery committee, said: “Recent improvements to the skatepark funded by the town council, which have included opening up a new entrance to make the facility more visible and new seating and litter bins, have already made a positive impact on usage and behaviour at the site. It is hoped these new plans will provide much better facilities for young people in our town.”

Penny Baker, from Krunch South West, said: “Through the provision of a café hub at the heart of the development, we aim to provide a safe space for young people to get drinks, snacks, support and work experience.”

She said parents of younger children would also be able to supervise their children and get refreshments.

Streetspace youth worker Dan Potter said: "We have been working hard to keep young people at the heart of this project.

“We have been on trips with the user group to other skate parks in the South West and Wales to help us assess what will work in Thornbury."

The plans can be seen at the Town Hall or on the council’s website and anyone wishing to comment can email info@thornburytowncouncil.gov.uk or write to the council.