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Bassett’s Close Skatepark

Background

The skate park at Bassett’s is very dated and of poor quality, it consists of 1 metal ramp and 2-3 small concrete ramps this can be seen in photos below.  There is a high demand in Wellingborough for a good skate park facility, and for the past few years the youngsters have been contacting the council to try and get new equipment for the skate park. 

Bassett’s Park is an ideally located park with easy access for people from all areas of Wellingborough. The park currently has a small skate park which needs major updating and repair.  It is currently located at the back of the park where it cannot be seen, is near houses and a school and has no lighting

Skateboarding is enjoyed by all ages and is now recognised as an Olympic sport. Providing an excellent facility in Wellingborough is important to all our generations to encourage them to use the facility and build their skills.

Proposal

The Borough Council of Wellingborough is excited to present the new proposed skatepark design for Bassett’s Park that will be delivered in collaboration with Bendcrete Skateparks Ltd.

The council is proposing to re-locate this skatepark to a more visible area of the park for natural surveillance, away from the houses and the school and to a more suitable area towards Westfield Road nearer the existing play area.

The existing skatepark would be removed and replaced with grass for additional recreational space.

Bendcrete have designed the new skatepark having consulted with local skaters, the council and members of the public.

As well as the skatepark there are various other improvements that are being made to Bassett’s Park including:

  • Additional junior play equipment as the play value for this age group is very limited, this will give children more equipment to play on.
  • New safety surfacing in the smaller children’s play area, as the current surfacing under the multi-play units has worn out with an additional piece of play equipment to be installed to add to the play value.
  • Exercise equipment for all to use, to encourage good health and wellbeing for all.
  • The street furniture will be replaced where required and fences will be improved and repaired where needed to make the park more modern, fresh and appealing to all.

The next stages of the project are:

  • March 2021 - Surveys etc to be undertaken and pre-application advice sought
  • March 2021 - Pre-Planning application to be submitted
  • May 2021 - Adjustments to plans, design, reports if required as per the planning pre advice
  • June 2021 - Full Planning application to be submitted for consultation with stakeholders, local residents and interested parties
  • Sept 2021 - Works to start if planning approved