Strathmiglo to get its own skatepark

The skatepark is to be built in Strathmiglo Park. (Photo by George McLuskie)

The skatepark is to be built in Strathmiglo Park. (Photo by George McLuskie)

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Strathmiglo is to get its own skatepark, which is to be developed by Fife Council in the village park.

The go-ahead has been given by members of the Council’s north east planning committee, who heard the original proposal had been altered to address concerns over potential noise.

A total of 11 objections were lodged with the planning authority, with concerns including the impact on residential amenity, the potential for graffiti and the lack of demand for such a facility.

There were also 34 letters backing the plans, with supporters claiming there was demand for a skatepark which would benefit the community. Additionally, they said the facility would regenerate the area and contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Council case officer Jane Lowson, in a report to councillors, said the skatepark would be situated south of the River Eden and west of West Road.

Ms Lowson pointed out the facility would be accessed by a new surfaced footpath, while the skatepark – generally running north to south – would have an overall length of about 15 metres and a width of approximately 6.5 metres.

It was proposed to have grass bunting around either end, but there would be no lighting or signage.

The proposed development, said the planner, would provide a “valuable community facility” which was ancillary to the present recreational role of protected open space.

“While it is noted that a number of the representations received to the application objected to the proposal on the grounds that there was no need for the facility, significant support was also submitted to the application, highlighting support and demand for such a skatepark by both the local community and further afield.”

Ms Lowson acknowledged that the skatepark would be visible, especially from West Road. However, it was not considered that the development would result in a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

In her conclusions, the official believed the skatepark would improve recreational facilities, while ensuring “no unreasonable significant impacts” on the surrounding area.

Approval was granted, subject to a number of conditions, including the submission of full details of the colour of external finishing materials, before any work started.