The Partnership's Current Projects
For many years, and at least since the Parish Plan was published in 2009, young people in the village have expressed a wish for a
skateboard facility that they can use. Consideration had been given to placing this at either the Middlewich Road or Elm Drive
playareas,but due to potential noise and safety issues these were discounted. However the 'arrival' of the new village
community centre has given the opportunity for a skateboard/BMX park to be created within the site.
discussions have taken place with PCSO Jill Cope, Holmes Chapel Parish Council and a number of young people from the village,
and the Partnership, to look into if, how and when a Skateboard / BMX Park (and other facilities) could be provided within the community
centre site. A formally constituted Youth Facilities Working Group was set up on 10th November 2015 to take the idea
Initial costings and a concept design have been provided by a national specialist supplier of this equipment which show
that an area 25m x 12m could be installed for approximately £50,000. The next stage were to:
- Consult with young people
in the village regarding what boarding/BMX elements they would like to see in the skateboard facility. The list will then need
to be prioritised and the top items will be costed.
- Establish potential sources of funding, including (but not limited to):
raised by the project team through local events
- contributions from the Parish Council and/or Cheshire East Council
- grants from local
or national funding bodies, such as WREN, Tesco, The Big Lottery Fund, etc..
- Invite potential suppliers to the Community
Centre to view the site and indicate what they could build in the space available.
- Put the supply and installation of equipment
out to a formal tender to potential suppliers, and subsequently commission the work from the 'winner'
We have secured funds
for the project from the following:
- A £29,827 grant from Veolia Waste Management
- A £15,000 contribution from Holmes Chapel Parish
- A £5,000 grant from Cheshire Constabulary (Community Safety Fund)
- A £1,000 contribution from Holmes Chapel Partnership
- £235 raised by the young people in the village at their Bake Sale in January - matched by £235 from Holmes Chapel Partnership.
During the summer of 2016 various suppliers visited us, talked to the young people in our team and provided conceptual designs.
After some discussion we decided that we would like a concrete skate park; in late July 2016 we invited tenders to design and build
the skatepark. These were assessed and in September the winner - Canvas - was notified.
The design was then refined and
used as part of the evidence we needed to secure Planning Permission for the skatepark. The application was submitted at the
beginning of December 2016, and has a target date for consideration of 2nd February 2017.
We are hoping that - if all goes to
plan - the skatepark could be completed and opened by Easter 2017.
(in partnership with Holmes Chapel Parish Council and Everybody Sport & Recreation)
Working for the