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Recreation Ground skate ramps to stay another month
THE controversial removal of a small skate park in Flackwell Heath is set to be delayed again while residents work to identify an alternative site.
The Recreation Ground ramps were due to be taken out this month, but Chepping Wycombe Parish Council is now likely to keep them until February 24 at least.
More than 1,000 villagers have signed petitions calling for the Rec’s youth facilities to be saved, but the council says the ramps are too close to residents’ houses, so do not meet the relevant noise guidelines.
Flackwell Heath Residents Association has asked the council to delay the removal while it appeals to villagers to help find an alternative location for the ramps.
Chairman Jeff Herschel said: “A proposition is going to council to delay it for a short period of time and not to take it out before that date.
“The last thing we want to do is take the ramps out but we need to do so.”
Cllr Herschel was hoping a BMX trail could be created at Oak Wood off Heath End Road, but this fell through after other councillors vetoed the plan at the last minute (see related links).
Meanwhile, mum Natalie Allen, who has been campaigning to keep the ramps, has sent the Bucks Free Press a photograph showing the proximity of houses to the skate park in Marlow.
She believes the situation is similar to that in Flackwell Heath, adding that the Marlow facility is “three times bigger”.
But according to Chepping Wycombe Parish Council, the Marlow ramps are 64 metres away from the nearest residential property. The Flackwell ramps are 11 metres from the nearest home, and 28 metres from the second nearest.
Official guidelines say skate ramps should be a minimum of 50 metres from the nearest home, the council said.