New Lincoln skate park application submitted

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A planning application for a skate park off Long Leys Road, in Lincoln, has been submitted to City of Lincoln Council.

The authority is proposing to create the facility for skateboarders, scooter riders and BMX riders on land at Hobblers Hole.

Simon Colburn, Assistant Director for Health and Environment Services, said: “If we are to deliver the skate park then we need to continue with the process of looking at funding options, designs and progress with the planning application.

“For some of the funding streams we are looking to apply for we need a planning application to be submitted.

“Planning is a fair and impartial process and the application will be subject to consultation with residents and groups in the area and will be informed with more detailed reports.”

If planning permission is granted, work could potentially start on site in the summer months of 2014 subject to formal approval by the council’s Executive.

The skate park plans for Hobblers Hole. Photo: Gravity Parks

The skate park plans for Hobblers Hole. Photo: Gravity Parks

Residents’ opposition to plans

Since the City of Lincoln Council announced its intention to use the site for a skate park, residents in the area opposed the plans.

A petition on the City Council website has 63 signatures against the project.

Residents are concerned that the range of wildlife in the area will not be preserved.

The site is also on a hill, covered in natural springs, which would make building difficult.

Lack of lighting, parking, toilet facilities and no bus service after 5pm is also worrying the residents.

The council has a Q&A page on its website to help address concerns.

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