Portishead Lake Grounds skate park plans to be revisited at pair's request
COUNCILLORS are to look again at a decision to refuse permission to site a skate park at Portishead Lake Grounds.
North Somerset's executive member for asset management, Councillor Tony Lake, signed off a decision earlier this month to refuse Portishead Skatepark Project (PSP) permission to put a new skate park on a section of land between the children's play area and the boathouse.
This is the second time landlord's consent for a skate park on the site has been refused by Mr Lake.
But his decision has now been called before North Somerset Council's community and corporate organisation (COCO) policy and scrutiny panel for discussion.
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The request has been made by Liberal Democrat councillors Mark Canniford and Deborah Yamanaka who sit on the COCO panel. The panel will look at the decision and can make recommendation and comments to Mr Lake and although it does not have the powers to overturn it, members could ask him to reconsider.
Mr Canniford, right, said: "This is the second time we have called in a decision on the skate park at the Lake Grounds to scrutiny panel. We have two skate parks in Weston-super-Mare and they work very well.
"We believe North Somerset Council should be doing a great deal more to find a location for a skate park for the young people of Portishead. The council is letting down the young people of Portishead by denying them a new skate park.
"The skate park group has been working hard to provide this facility but its pleas seem to continue to fall on deaf ears."
PSP chairman Tony Mosely said: "We have not given up on our plans for the skate park and we hope the scrutiny panel will help us find an alternative site or press Mr Lake to agree to us using the Lake Grounds."