Barony skatepark - Nantwich - Feb 2021 (1)

A new £90,000 Barony Park skatepark in Nantwich is a step closer, Nantwich Town councillors have been told.

And it was music to the ears of one young Nantwich resident who spoke passionately at last night’s town council meeting about the desperate need for the facility.

Alex Donnellan, 16, said the park would be used by all ages of people in Nantwich and Crewe and would mean many keen skateboarders not having to travel as far afield as Market Drayton or Warrington.

The old skate park was dismantled and taken down last year due to health and safety concerns.

Cllr Arthur Moran told the town council that some initial designs were now being pulled together and the funding for the £90,000 scheme being finalised.

“It will offer spaces for different skill levels and I know at some stage soon they will put it out to public consultation, in particularly to the young people who will use it,” he added.

“The funding looks like it’s going to be in place. We’re just waiting for another design proposal before it goes out to consultation.”

Alex Donnellan at NTC meeting - skatepark debate

Alex at NTC meeting

Alex and other young users have been campaigning for the park to be replaced as soon as possible to give them somewhere to go.

Alex said after the meeting: “I haven’t been to a Town Council meeting before and it was great to be able to represent young people in the area and explain how much support we have and how important this is to us.

“I am looking forward to seeing the designs and making sure it is a skate park that is going to be really well used.

“The old skatepark was just not the right sort of design which is why it didn’t really get used.”

Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan was also at the “virtual” council meeting.

He added: “Alex did a great job, its great to see young people campaigning on things that matter to them.

“Local skatepark users have been asking for a skate park that is fit for purpose for years now. It is great to see progress.”

(Featured pic, by Jonathan white)

7 Comments

  1. Barry says:

    The metal frames look to be in good condition, I would suggest recovering with WBP Plywood with a 2 mm steel sheet over the top.
    If you would like to give me 90 thousand to do the job I would be more than happy, it would not cost a fraction if that.

    No wonder the council tax keeps going up, run by Muppets with no common sense

  2. Graham says:

    Know what you mean Richard but also general litter is a major problem too despite the provision of bins ! I despise litter ! Wish they would crackdown on this virtually everywhere … Would certainly create some employment & revenue if they did ! Maybe they should also be thinking about CCTV camera’s ? I’m not saying i’m against the skate park though.

  3. Nelson Scrandella says:

    Not forgetting somewhere safe to park your Zimmer Frame eh Richard 😂

    • Richard says:

      I admire psychic powers to know someone’s age from a written post but why would a person’s age mean the point is incorrect. Knowing what the previous facility encouraged, particularly later in the evening, which I have seen myself, my judgement is fair. Perhaps it should be secured and locked after a reasonable time like the all weather pitches and tennis courts?. How’s that for a geriatric idea. Age does not cancel out common sense, it can sometimes encourage it. £90k now is madness with better calls on money at this time.

  4. Mark W says:

    £90k on a skateboard park, but not enough money to fill the potholes that are everywhere.

  5. Richard says:

    Let’s hope the plans and design include bins for beer bottles and drug paraphernalia

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