Skate park plans facesqueeze

By ADRIAN MILLER

AFTER waiting more than 20 years for a skate park to be built at Yamba, planners were excited when the first sod was turned in December.

Mounds of dirt were dumped to determine where each feature of the park would go, fencing was erected and skaters were beginning to feel the dream was finally becoming a reality.

But since those first movements, the park plan has been idle. Grass has grown in the dirt. No further work progressed after problems with location near the Yamba Fire Brigade headquarters.

The park was to take up council land once used by the Yamba markets.

However, after close inspection, authorities found the park has encroached by a few metres onto land set aside for the fire brigade.

Parties involved insist it is not an issue but the problems have caused a suspension of work.

Clarence Valley Council development services manager Clem Rhoden said the issue never threatened the skate park.

"There were no problems which would affect the viability of the whole thing; it's just a matter of space," he said.

"There's a couple of metres overlap, so we are just going to basically have the park shrunk sideways and stretched lengthways, to fit it in the space."

Yamba Skate Park Committee president Peter Sullivan said the park would be completed this year as planned.

"It's definitely going to be finished this year; it's just on hold until we get this issue sorted out," he said.

"We are just looking at a small amendment, that's all."

Yamba Fire Brigade captain Allan Brooks said the small piece of land was valuable to the brigade.

"The brigade will want a new station sometime in the future so it's pretty valuable land to just let go," he said.



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