Crunch meeting to determine future of ill-fated facility

THE future of South Molton’s ill-fated skatepark is set to be decided at a crunch meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).

North Devon Council’s Executive committee is being recommended to approve £20,000 funding on the understanding that South Molton Town Council take on responsibility for the park.

The money – ring fenced public open space contributions from the Nadder Lane and Liverot Walk developments – would be used by the town council to complete the refurbishment of play equipment at Central Park.

In return, the council would maintain the skatepark following the “imminent” winding up of The Community Company.

The skatepark has been beset by funding, maintenance and management problems since its opening in 2006 and calls have even been made to demolish the facility.

In February this year, the park was forced to close for several weeks after a maintenance inspection identified a number of “safety issues”.

Subsequent attempts to set up a charitable trust to oversee the park and its running have failed.

For a decision on the meeting, see www.northdevongazette.co.uk