Chipping Norton skate park designs go on display

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Chipping Norton’s skate boarders and BMX riders are being invited to have their say on designs for a new skate park in the town.

The Town Council is in talks with three contractors who have each come up with different designs for how the new park at Greystones might look.

These will be on display on August 27 from 3pm to 7pm at the Lower Town Hall. Councillors are keen to hear what boarders and riders want from the new facility.

The park will be constructed of sprayed concrete to minimize wastage and the project is expected to cost between £70,000 and £100,000. Similar projects in Oxford and Bicester indicate the park could remain operational for up to 30 years.

Principal sources of funding for the skatepark will come from section 106 funds; money set aside by developers for community facilities.

Town mayor Mike Tysoe, said he expects these funding agreements to be forthcoming around autumn, after which he said it would take roughly 6 months before a planning application is filed with West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC).

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As well as giving skateboarders and riders a permanent home Cllr Tysoe said the park would play an important role in reducing anti-social behaviour.

He said: “We have wanted this skate park for four years, but finding the land is the trouble.

“There are rather a lot of skate boarders and riders in town and this will give them something to do and a place to go. It is something they have been wanting for 10 years.

Chipping Norton Town Council (CNTC) decided to pursue the construction of a new skate park after withdrawing its offer to lease a disused depot at Greystones to West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC).

The local authority had failed to bring plans for a controversial new recycling centre on the site to fruition.