COUNCILLORS say a campaign for a skate and BMX park for young kids has “missed the boat” for the £3m Castle Park restoration scheme – but it could move to the Frodsham High School site.
Park Lane resident Darren Kelly has urged Vale Royal Borough Council to provide a skate park for under 12s, instead of the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), in the Castle Park restoration project.
More than 100 youngsters and parents in the area have signed a petition backing his calls for the borough council trustees to rethink their plans.
Mr Kelly said he was pleased the Castle Park Project Board had finally agreed to discuss his proposal at their meeting next month.
But he added: “I’m not too optimistic because the meeting is being held behind closed doors and they have refused to allow these children to give a short presentation.”
Board member, Frodsham and Vale Royal Borough Councillor Lynn Riley, said they were not saying “never”, but a presentation at this particular meeting would be “inappropriate.”
She said: “The MUGA is going to provide things we don’t have in Frodsham which a lot of people, including all the schools, have told us they want,” said Cllr Riley.
“To take Mr Kelly’s idea up now we would have to go out to consultation again. It would be wrong for the people of Frodsham to have to wait any longer.
“We are totally open to suggestions, but Mr Kelly has to understand that he can’t just come up with a scheme at this stage.
“Unfortunately, a skatepark was not flagged up as a must-have in Castle Park, but people wanted somewhere to kick a ball around without charge, and a MUGA will cater for a huge age range.
Cllr Riley added: “Mr Kelly has probably missed the boat with Castle Park, but when Frodsham High School closes next year, if the community feels there’s a resounding need for such a facility perhaps it could go there.”