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New site mooted for skaters' urban park
9:00am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A NEW £140,000 urban sports facility for Andover which has been funded by developer contributions and the council’s New Homes Bonus reserve looks likely to have a new site.
Earlier this year Test Valley Borough Council began undertaking feasibility assessments of the proposed site at Shepherds Spring Lane car park.
Council leader Ian Carr, said: “From the beginning, we have spoken with residents and urban sports enthusiasts to ensure that the new facility has the right equipment in the best location.
“However, given recent feedback and the results of the land surveys, we felt that an alternative site to Shepherds Spring Lane should be explored.”
In a statement the council fleshed out its reason.
“Studies have found that the facility could be placed at Shepherds Spring Lane, but around 40 per cent of the total budget would need to be spent on preliminary work to make the site suitable for construction and screen the facility from residents.
“As a result, an alternative site at Smannel Road, Roman Way, will be put forward.
“This has been home to a skatepark previously and as a result little work would need to be undertaken to prepare it.
“This means that the full budget could be spent on the facility itself rather than a significant proportion going towards mitigation and infrastructure work.”
“The council is keen for users to provide feedback about the proposed plans and locations.
“Based on the feedback, plans for the site will be progressed subject to land surveys, clarification of costings, submission of a planning application and referral to full council if necessary.”
The council hopes the new facility will be delivered by summer 2014.
Indicative designs for both sites will be on display at the skate jam tomorrow at Charlton Leisure Centre to give an indication of the scale of what can be achieved.
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