Perranporth’s skate park and the latest on resort’s decade-long dream

A new planning application has been submitted for a skate park in Cornwall which has been requested by people for more than 15 years.

Perranporth’s future skate park has been a controversial topic in the seaside resort for several years.

Many residents and Perranzabuloe Parish Council were pushing for the facility to be built at Bolenna Fields after the project got planning permission in 2017.

But a covenant on the land prevented the plans from moving forward at the time as it stated that nothing could be built on the site.

Now a new planning application has been submitted by Perranzabuloe Parish Council.

It is for the construction of a skate bowl and skate street course including lighting and acoustic fencing at the land just off Budnic Hill, in Ponsmere Valley.

It reads: “It is part of a regeneration programme for Perranporth as a whole and specifically to improve the facilities for an age group which is under-served currently in their field of interest.

What the skate park would look like

“A by-product will be to widen the appeal of use to interested parties and to offer the community a modern and highly functional wheeled sport arena. Its position sits alongside a full sized football pitch, a full sized rugby football pitch – both of which are fenced – open grass and scrub land which has been landscaped into two distinct terraced levels.

“The council are inclined to relocate the children’s play area closer to the proposed skate park location and in addition, higher fencing will be proposed for the existing pitches.

“The skate park and bowl will be constructed from free form spray concrete with – in certain areas – narrow (25mm Box section) galvanised steel edging to prevent chipping and where appropriate, galvanised steel round coping – for example, edging the bowl riding surface – and it will be finished in a neutral and light grey colour. A spray concrete skate park is much quieter in use than those built in other materials such as steel, wood or skatelite.”

The application states that the skate park will have a social impact on Perranporth.

It continues: “Well documented evidence from police forces around the country attest to the fact that wheeled sports facilities such as the one under consideration are a contributing facto in reducing youth nuisance crime figures and developing social including amongst a group of people who could be otherwise viewed as outsiders.”

Planning application PA20/00227 will be considered by Cornwall Council by April 2.

In a statement released on its Facebook page, the parish council said: “Exciting news: the planning application for Perranporth’s new skate park is now officially underway!

“Delivering two purpose-built riding spaces for local skaters, scooter riders, roller bladers, BMX’ers and other wheeled sports users, this scheme is set to be the central feature of a wonderful new community recreation space in Ponsmere Valley.

“With the planning and design work for the skate facility now complete, it’s now time for you, our great community, to lend your support and help make this happen.

“The smooth concrete construction is designed to optimise the usability of the park for riders whilst being incredibly quiet when in use.”

The council said there should be a decision on the application over two to three months.

The construction works will then start as soon as possible.

“Funds for this project have already been allocated by the parish, with further contributions coming in from grant sources,” the statement continues.

Plan for the skate bowl

“As reported previously, the skate park is only the first part of what the parish council aims to deliver in Ponsmere Valley. The incredible response to our December consultation event raised lots of ideas from the community about new children’s play equipment, picnic areas, running paths and other great recreational facilities that can bring all ages together in an active, outdoor setting.

“The council will be evaluating and developing these ideas (as well as the ongoing plans for Bolenna Park) whilst the skate facilities are progressing through the planning stages.”

So far, 70 comments have been left on Cornwall Council’s planning portal – 61 in favour of the project and seven against. Two are neutral.

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Sam Walsh commented: “I think it is of the uppermost importance to invest in our youth and as such feel the skatepark will be a massive benefit to the whole area.

“If you watch a young person at a skate park you will see the dedication, determination, analysing and practice it requires to perform seemingly impossible tasks.

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“A skatepark is more than just a hangout. It is a place to grow confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Without such facilities, our youth have no where else to turn but into less constructive passtimes.”

Alice Radford wrote: “We are not happy with the siting of a skate park opposite our home which is going to be used by young adults and older people late into the evening and even the early hours of the morning.

“What time will the lighting be turned off? Where are the toilet facilities? Who is going to be policing it?

“Sound carries, in the summer months when holiday makers are returning to their accommodation we can hear every word of their conversations. The siting of this facility opposite our home will mean we will be enduring noise all day, every day.”