Councillors have today approved work to replace the Bury St Edmunds skatepark with new concrete ramps.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee approved the scheme to replace crumbling old wooden ramps installed back in 1999, at meeting earlier today (3).
The work will cost about £240,000 – half of which is being funded by the borough council.
Cllr Robert Everitt said: “It is currently an attraction to the youths of Bury. They come to use it from far and wide and I commend them for raising half of the money required to build this formidable skate park on the site.”
A final Skate Jam on the old ramps has however been scrapped.
Simon Pickering, the council’s youth and community development officer, said: “Sadly we had to cancel the farewell Jam as a large section of the park had to be demolished at the end of September because it was no longer safe to be used or financially worth repairing.
“We are working now with the contractors Wheelscape to get them started on site as soon as possible, hopefully this will be the end of October which will mark the closure of the site.
“The construction will take 12 weeks.”
An official opening is expected to take place in the spring.