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New hope for skatepark

PUBLISHED: 14:12 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:39 05 July 2010

Delayed plans to transform a derelict piece of land at Southwold into a skatepark look set to be revived.

Waveney district councillors have agreed it is time to push the proposals forward after a town council meeting was held to discuss the long-running issue of what to do with land opposite the pier.

Delayed plans to transform a derelict piece of land at Southwold into a skatepark look set to be revived.

Waveney district councillors have agreed it is time to push the proposals forward after a town council meeting was held to discuss the long-running issue of what to do with land opposite the pier.

They have pledged to meet local people to try to iron out problems with the tendering process, which appears to have held up work.

Waveney has said that a tender pack submitted by the Klondyke Sports Committee to turn the land into a skatepark did not follow correct processes and was disqual-ified. But committee chairman George Bennett said members had not been told of any problems at the time, and he has called on Waveney to resolve the situation.

Mr Bennett, who attended the town council meeting last week, said he was disappointed with the lack of action and hoped the park would provide boost tourism and give teenagers somewhere to go.

“It's now been two-and-a-half years since we set up the committee. The council is now prepared to have a meeting and sort something with us in the next few weeks. I feel like I can see a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel,” added Mr Bennett.

While a meeting date has not been fixed, district and town councillor Simon Tobin said it was important to resolve the issue.

He added: “We want something to contribute towards the town, and currently it's an eyesore. We have the tourist season coming, and it's important we get this area sorted.”

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