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New skate park in Melton is town's early Christmas present

Published Tuesday, 15th December 2015

Council announces early completion of new skate park after £300,000 rebuild


It really is Christmas in Melton where  the town's new skate park is  expected to be completed  ahead of schedule and just  in time for Santa to try it out (if  he’s got time) Melton Borough Council have  announced the construction  works for its new  concrete skate park should be finished  towards the middle of December, earlier than originally announced. 

The state-of-the-art skate park located at Play Close Park Lane, Melton Mowbray has been built to attract wheeled sports users of every kind and age. The design of the new park has intentionally  included features for skateboarders, roller skaters, bmx riders  and scooter users  as well as offering both beginner sections as well as ‘expert only’ structures providing amusement and challenges for everyone.  An official opening ceremony is being planned for 2016, however, when the work has been completed and the security fencing removed the facility will essentially be available for use. 

The new skate park will not be locked and as such there are no actual opening times, however, as has always been the case, it is expected  that users of the site, will use it  with  due consideration to the parks neighbours and  other park  users. 

Melton Borough Council's Waste & Environmental Maintenance Manager, Mr Raman Selvon said: “In 2014 the council had to remove the old steel skate park on the grounds of its rapidly deteriorating condition and Council Members took the decision to fund the creation of a brand new contemporary concrete skate park. The project is now nearing completion and the people of Melton will soon be able to enjoy a skate park that will be amongst the best in the UK”

The initial project ground breaking took place in September with the Councils contractors Jeakins Weir and specialist skate park builders Maverick Industries. With few unexpected issues, favourable weather conditions and the contractors working well together, excellent progress has been made enabling the works to be completed ahead of time and on budget.

Cllr Pam Posnett who has been closely involved with this project from the start  said “We as members felt it was important  to support the building of a new skate park, as  we understand  how popular this facility is to the skaters in and around Melton and now this fabulous new skate park is nearing completion  we are sure it will attract wheeled sports participants of all kinds from all over the East Midlands and further afield adding yet another reason to visit our vibrant and bustling town“

Tony Shipley, Business Development Manager at Jeakins Weir, said the firm was pleased to have worked with Melton Borough Council again on such a unique project. “This has been a really interesting job for us. The new and improved park is a fabulous Christmas present for the people of Melton.”


The £330,000 project was procured by Melton Borough Council through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) contract framework. 


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For further information Contact:  Mr Raman Selvon Email: rselvon@melton.gov.uk  Telephone: 01664 502411


FOOTNOTE:

EMPA was formed by local authorities in the East Midlands and is managed by Scape. Its aim is to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects for councils and public sector bodies saving time and money for them and in turn for council taxpayers.