Town’s skate park may finally become a reality

Reporter:

Lois Hough

AMBITIOUS plans to build a skate park in Mold are back on the table.

Skateboarders and BMX riders were devastated when long-standing proposals for the facility on Maes Bodlonfa were thrown out by Flintshire Council last July because of fears about anti-social behaviour.

It was the fourth time the application had been rejected since youngsters first approached Mold Town Council in 2000.

Now the town council has resubmitted their plans.

Steve Robinson, a youth worker at Bryn Gwalia Communities First, said skateboarders from Mold have to travel as far afield as Connah’s Quay and St Asaph to practice their hobby.

He said: “This has been going on for a decade now and it’s just ridiculous.

“There are six or seven towns in Flintshire not half as big as Mold that have got this facility for their young people and Mold should have it too.

“People don’t want it because of the perceived anti-social behaviour but skateboarders all have a common interest and there is never any trouble from them.

“Fingers crossed we can get a skatepark for the young people of Mold.”

The town council is seeking full planning permission for a wheeled play area near Kendricks Field tennis courts, the realignment of a wooden fence plus the erection of four 10m-high lighting columns.

So far residents have penned 17 letters of objection and say the skate park would breed anti-social behaviour and have a detrimental effect on their privacy.

But plans have also attracted 31 letters of support plus a 134-signature petition calling for the facility.

A report written by Flintshire Council planners to be presented to a planning committee today says: “North Wales Police consider the proposed skate park is an excellent initiative.

“It does not consider that such a facility would increase anti-social behaviour.”

Plans have been recommended for approval.

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