Village’s £80,000 skate park plans come to fruition

Works to build a new amenity for young people in a Northumberland village are under way.

And it is hoped that the skate park, which will be located at Lynemouth Welfare Ground, will be ready for use this summer.

A planning application for the £80,000 project, submitted by Lynemouth Community Trust, was approved by county council officers under delegated powers.

Concrete, steel and imported fill material are being used to construct a series of rails, steps, ramps and quarter pipes, as well as a 1.2m deep bowl, on a piece of greenfield land that forms part of a wider area of public open space.

The facility is a welcome addition to an area deprived of such amenities.

Lynemouth Community Trust manager Andrew Gooding said: “People in the village are really excited that something which has been on the wishlist for a long time is finally coming to fruition.

“We hope that the skate park will be well-used by children and teenagers and it shows an intent that the money we have sourced for Lynemouth is starting to be spent.”

It is being sited on an area of open space to the western side of a playing field.

The county council planning department’s report for the application includes the following: ‘Due to the siting of the park close to the western boundary and away from the main area used as a cricket pitch and playing field, the proposal would not prejudice the use, or lead to the loss of use, of land being used as a playing field.

‘The ramps and bowl proposed are small in scale and would not be considered to have an adverse impact upon the landscape in this location due to the use of the wider site as a recreational facility.

‘An independent noise assessment has been carried out and the findings of this have been scrutinised by the council’s public protection department, which has raised no objection provided the measures in the application are implemented as stated.’

Part of the money for the scheme has come from the National Lottery’s Big Local initiative for the Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth areas.

A plan covering projects and activities for seven themes (transport, jobs, environment, children and young people, tackling poverty, housing and community buildings and strengthening communities) has been put together by a steering group.

The other skate park funding sources are Lynemouth Parish Council, Coun Milburn Douglas’ small schemes fund, the county council’s community chest, Banks Group, Alcan, Northern Powergrid, the Butterwell and Potland Burn Community Funds and considerable efforts by local volunteers.