Walton skate park plan to be approved

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A new skate part and sports area could be built in Walton if permission is granted by council planners next week.

Walton Sports and Social Club is has applied for planning permission to build a skate park and multi-use games area with floodlights and children’s play equipement at the village community centre, off Shay Lane.

Existing football and rugby pitches will be moved to make way for the skate part under proposals to be discussed at Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee on Thursday.

A report to the meeting said 17 letters of objection have been received against the application from nearby property owners.

They were concerned about the play area’s proximity to nearby licenced premises, the possibility of the skate park attracting unruly behaviour and drug taking, noise, litter and light pollution.

But the application is supported by local councillors.

The report said: “Walton Parish Council has confirmed that they support the application but members have sympathy with those residents who have concerns about the proximity of the skate park to their properties.”

A petition in favour of the application was also signed by 101 people following a consultation meeting in the village.

The report said changes had been made to the scheme to make sure noise did not disturb nearby householders, and conditions would be placed on times when the facilities were available.

The application is recommended for approval at Thursday’s meeting.

The report said: “The scheme will provide recreational facilities for local youths and it is anticipated that they will contribute towards reducing anti-social behaviour within the locality.

“Subject to conditions and the control of hours of use it is considered that the development would provide important recreational facilities for the local community, be compatible with the locality and not significantly detract from the amenity of neighbouring occupiers.”