A FATHER campaigning for a skate and bike park in Frodsham says residents want it to be included in the £3m Castle Park restoration scheme.
Resident Darren Kelly earlier this month asked Frodsham Town Council to consider putting young children’s facilities in the existing Park Lane playground.
He says it would cater for his two sons, aged four and 6, and “many other very young children” in the town more than the planned Multi-Use Games Area planned at Castle Park.
Councillors agreed to look into the idea, but now Mr Kelly says many people have contacted him suggesting it should go into Castle Park instead.
He said: “This was my original intention but I found Vale Royal to be very resistant, so I approached Castle Park again, but they still don't even want to look at the idea.
“They say it is a Grade II Listed heritage park and it would be inappropriate in such a setting.
“But I know there are about 12 such parks around the country that have this type of thing so I can't really see there's an issue there.
“They seem to be imposing this Multi-Use Games Area in Castle Park, yet all the people I've spoken to say they don't particularly want it – and elsewhere it seems not many people use them.
“Castle Park is the only park in Frodsham, and if the borough council wants children to play in safe and secure surroundings, they should give them what they want.”
A borough council spokesman said: “Proposals for the restoration of Castle Park were developed in consultation with the local community. A total of 526 people were surveyed through a questionnaire and only one suggested improved skate facilities.
“The plans were available for comment at roadshows and, more recently on planning applications, and park users were interviewed about the proposals.
“Frodsham already has a skate park in Ship Street and the Multi-Use Games Area we propose would be free to use and offer children a much bigger range of options, including football, basketball and tennis, making it better equipped to meet the needs of visitors.”