Progress on a skate spot for Woodley

Woodley and Whitegates Lib Dems welcomes the cross party support at Woodley Town Council to proceed with the construction of a skate spot in Woodford Park.

Kay Gilder, chair of the Leisure Services Committee says “Lib Dems have been campaigning alongside our young people for years to get some kind of skate spot for Woodley and I am pleased that we are now in a position to go ahead at no cost to council tax payers, with funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund and local developers. The skate spot will allow our young people to use and develop their skate board skills.  Evidence shows that many young children can enjoy this sport with their parents as well as teenagers and older residents”

Beth Rowland Lib Dem leader of Woodley Town Council said “I would like to thank all those who participated in the successful consultation run by the Town Council on 4th December.  There was support from many residents, although some residents of one of the local roads expressed concerns that noise might be an issue for them. At a subsequent meeting of the cross party Strategy and Resources committee members considered the result of the consultation alongside advice from Wokingham Borough Council and the skate spot designers, Wheelskape and unanimously supported the view that the skate spot is far enough away from residential properties for noise not to be a significant issue. However to confirm this advice the Town Council will apply for a certificate of lawful development.”

Phil Challis Lib Dem Deputy Leader of the council said “Lib Dems have been instrumental in ensuring that Woodley Town Council has continued to invest in facilities for all ages in Woodley.  In the last two years we have agreed to take over the toddlers play area in Mollison Close that Wokingham Borough Council were going to grass over and have provided an adventure play area for 8-13 year olds and found space for an outdoor gym for adults of all ages in Woodford Park.  These developments alongside the existing facilities such as the well used Oakwood Centre, Coronation and Chapel Halls demonstrate the importance Lib Dems place on maintaining Woodley’s great sense of community in these difficult times”

Published by Woodley & Whitegates Liberal Democrats, 26 Farriers Close Woodley, Reading RG5 3DD.

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