Thetford skatepark approved after two-year battle

Councillors Corinne Fulford and Robert Kybird at the site  for Thetford's new stakepark next to Thetford Academy on Croxton Road.
Councillors Corinne Fulford and Robert Kybird at the site for Thetford's new stakepark next to Thetford Academy on Croxton Road.
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A new skatepark in Thetford, which has been in the planning pipeline for over two years, was finally granted approval on Monday.

After repeatedly deferring a decision, Breckland Council’s planning committee has approved revised plans for the park on Croxton Road.

Thetford Town Council, which has masterminded the proposals, expressed delight over the decision at its full council meeting on Tuesday.

Speaking at the meeting, chairman of amenities Corinne Fulford said: “You will be very pleased to hear that at long last we have achieved unanimous support for planning approval.

“Hopefully it can give us some great relief.”

Following concerns about the initial proposed site near Breckland Leisure Centre, Thetford Town Council proposed a new site next to Thetford Academy.

The successful application, another revised version which included provision for a pathway to the site, was put to the planning committee in June.

Mayor of Thetford Sylvia Armes praised Cllr Fulford and Cllr Robert Kybird for their work on the proposals

Following the meeting, Cllr Terry Jermy said: “I’m delighted that planning permission has now been granted. This has been ongoing for many years and for a town the size of Thetford, with a strong youth population, we have absolutely needed this skatepark.”

Thetford Academy principal Adrian Ball said: “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the project managers to ensure the build phase runs smoothly and has minimal impact on the continued improvement of the academy.”

Leader of Breckland Council Michael Wassell praised the decision, calling the new park ‘a great facility’.

Chair of planning at Breckland Council Nigel Wilkin said: “Thetford Town Council have put a lot of work into this, and I know the council and the town are very pleased.

“The town’s youth have campaigned hard themselves. This will channel them together to be where they want to be, doing what they want to do.

“I think we can develop a good community spirit from this.”

It is hoped work on the project will start soon and be completed by summer 2015.