Biggleswade skate park to get new equipment after closure, MP understands

PUBLISHED: 10:41 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 27 June 2018

Cowabunga: North East Beds MP Alistair Burt rides a skateboard at Biggleswade Skate Park. Picture: Andy Buckley.

Cowabunga: North East Beds MP Alistair Burt rides a skateboard at Biggleswade Skate Park. Picture: Andy Buckley.

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A plan is in place to put new equipment in at the closed Biggleswade skate park, North East Beds’ MP understands.

Alistair Burt has been keeping tabs on the situation despite his busy travel schedule.

He told the Comet last night: “I’ve been contacted by a couple of young people in the area with regard to the closure of the skate park, and I have spoken to Councillor Steve Watkins about the issue.

“My understanding is that the park had to be closed for safety reasons, but that Central Bedfordshire and the town council have a forward plan to replace the park with new equipment. Inevitably this type of equipment eventually deteriorates, and I am pleased the local councillors are on the case to ensure a replacement in due course.”

A Central Bedfordshire Council spokeswoman said: “A recent inspection of the skate park raised concerns about the structural condition of the ramps. In order to protect public safety, the council took the decision to close the park until a detailed independent condition report could be organised. This has now been completed, and confirms that the skate ramps are at risk of failing. As a result, the existing skate park will need to remain closed.

“The council appreciates that the skate park has been a popular facility. During the 15 years that the park has been open, we have continued to make ongoing repairs and maintenance to the facilities, spending £26,000 on maintenance over the last 6 years.

“While we would have liked to delayed closure until after the summer, public safety is of paramount importance to us. The independent safety report makes it clear that the park is no longer suitable for use. Fencing has been erected to prevent public entry, and we ask the public not to use the skate park. The council will now look into removal of the existing ramp structures.

“A replacement facility will require significant capital investment. However, we have started investigating the options and funding required.

“Until then, we encourage skaters to use other nearby skate parks instead, such as the new park at Potton.”

At Sandy Skate Park this Saturday, the Bedfordshire Skating School & Wheels Club is to be launched again at 1.30pm.

You can also find parks at skateparks.co.uk/bedfordshire.

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