The preferred site for a new skate park in Portishead is to be revealed to councillors at a meeting tonight (October 9).
Representatives from Portishead Wheels and Skate Park (WASP) are to reveal the favoured site for a new facility to Portishead Town Council.
Four potential sites – the Lake Grounds, land at Kilkenny Fields next to the Windmill pub, land at Kilkenny Fields next to the picnic area and Pill Park – have been scrutinised as potential sites.
People were asked their views on the sites and which type of skate park was needed at a series of pop up skate parks held at the town over the summer.
An online and paper survey asking for peoples’ views was also organised.
A consultation event, to discuss feedback from the survey and pop up parks, was held last month – the results of which will be revealed tonight.
Portishead councillor Ben Aldridge has been working with the chairman of Portishead Wheels and Skate Park Geoff Hardman to bring the results forward.
Mr Aldridge said: “The feedback we received during the pop up skate parks during the summer, along with the surveys, revealed there is still very much a strong desire for a new skate park in the town.
“People were asked their views on four sites along with what type of skate and wheels park is needed.
“The park will not only be for skateboarding but also for scooter, rollerblade and BMX users.
“A lot of research has been carried out during the summer.
“The preferred option and type of park has been very much led by those who will be using the facility.”
Temporary skate parks were put at locations including the Lake Grounds this summer after the town council spent £1,000 on portable ramps.
The pop up parks were well used, with dozens of people coming along to each session.
Planning permission was granted on appeal for a skate park at the Lake Grounds in 2011.
However the project never moved forward because North Somerset Council refused to grant landlords consent.
Over the years numerous locations for a new skate park in Portishead have been considered but none have ever materialised.
A skate park already exists at Merlin Park in the town.
But as the sport has become more popular in recent years, so has the desire for a bigger and better facility.
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