Another serious blow for town's skate park hope
PLANS to site a skate park at Portishead Lake Grounds have been dealt another serious blow, putting the future of the project in jeopardy.
North Somerset Council's executive member for asset management, Tony Lake, has reaffirmed a decision to refuse landlords' consent for the Portishead Skate Project to site the facility on land between a children's play area and boathouse.
PSP has planning permission but the council owns the Lake Grounds and the skate park cannot be built without its permission.
It was the second time the group behind the skate park scheme had asked to use the Lake Grounds, after a search for an alternative site proved fruitless.
Mr Lake said his decision had been made after fresh consultations with local councillors and Portishead Town Council.
The current planning permission for the project, won on appeal, runs out in November.
PSP chairman Tony Mosely said: "We are disappointed at this latest decision and still believe the Lake Grounds is the best place for the facility. We are still interested in pursuing the Lake Grounds site while planning permission for the facility still exists.
"We feel that the council are playing silly games and have let down the young people of Portishead."
Mr Lake's decision came just days after Portishead Town Council withdrew its backing for the project. The town council voted 10 to two in favour of ending support for the initiative.