Skate park for Louth gets the planning go ahead

The new skate park will be built in Woodlane, Louth.
The new skate park will be built in Woodlane, Louth.

East Lindsey planners have given a unanimous thumbs-up for a skate and BMX park to be created on the playing field off Wood Lane in Louth.

Welcoming the application submitted by Louth X Sports, Coun Stuart Watson enthused: “It’s been a long time coming.”

Prior to reaching their decision, the planning committee heard from Mr John Andrews, who has helped steer the project over the past nine years, and ward representative Coun George Horton, another supporter.

“Getting to this point has been a roller coaster ride,” said the latter.

“This is a much needed facility.”

Louth town councillor Andrew Leonard also banged the drum for the project.

“It’s the last piece in the town’s sporting and recreation jigsaw,” he claimed.

Once the park is open, there are hopes that it will provide an alternative venue for extreme sports enthusiasts who currently make use of unauthorised locations all over town.

Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders said the site was appropriate because it is adjacent to other recreation and sporting facilities.

She expressed the hope that participants would not injure themselves when undertaking more adventurous stunts.

For more on this story, see next week’s Louth Leader, out Wednesday (August 12).