Bo’ness skatepark opponents speak out

Gauze Road skate park proposals''Pictured: David Keay (12), Keelan McBride (5) and Brad Christie (11)''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
Gauze Road skate park proposals''Pictured: David Keay (12), Keelan McBride (5) and Brad Christie (11)''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
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A site visit is being organised to push ahead plans for a skatepark to be created for the children of Bo’ness.

Planning officials and councillors are to look at land at the former piggery at Gauze Road to see if it is suitable.

Local people voted for the site after a public meeting in the town hall earlier this year, organised by Bo’ness Skatepark Association. The Association was set up by mum-of-two Kay Sherratt whose online petition for the town to have its own park with skating and biking facilities now has 1072 supporters.

Kay said: “The kids of Bo’ness have nowhere to go and nothing to do. This would be a great facility for them.”

But the piggery site has faced opposition from nearby residents.

At the public meeting, Robert and Margaret Boyd said they felt the foreshore site, opposite East Pier Street, would be better as it is already earmarked for recreational purposes in the town plan.

And Tony Naylor, who lives nearby, said online he feared the park would encourage “anti-social behaviour” and make the adjacent road “hazardous”.