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Controversial new Brighton skate park is given Olympic funding
8:48am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
A controversial skate park has cleared its last funding hurdle – thanks to a £150,000 Olympic legacy grant.
Opinion was split when Brighton and Hove City Council announced it wanted to relocate the facility in The Level.
With work on the skate park due to start next week, the local authority has confirmed it has received the six-figure funding boost from Sport England.
Pete West, the chairman of the council’s environment committee, said he was “absolutely delighted” at the news.
The new skate park is part of a wider £2.7million redevelopment of the open space between Ditchling and Lewes roads.
Coun West said: “There has been a skate ramp at The Level since the 1970s, so it is part of the park’s heritage, but the old facilities have been in poor condition for many years and needed replacing.
“The sunken nature of the skate park means we will retain the open character of the northern part of The Level and keep its historic layout.”
Planning permission for the skate park was granted by the local authority’s planning committee in August.
Opinion among locals was split at the time, with some claiming it would become an important community resource while others questioned the loss of open space.
The skate park has been funded separately through a combination of council funding, developer contributions and grants, including £50,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust.
Designed and built by Freestyle Skateparks, it will be made out of concrete and sunk into the ground to the north of the Rose Walk.
Lighting, seating, bins, cycle racks and signs will also be installed.
The former skate park will become a sensory garden.
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