Work starts on Peacehaven skate park

Turf cutting at new Peacehaven Skate Park.'Kevin Kingston, Grant Winter, Robert Robertson and Andy Smith.
Turf cutting at new Peacehaven Skate Park.'Kevin Kingston, Grant Winter, Robert Robertson and Andy Smith.
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Work began on the £170,000 skate park in Peacehaven this week.

A turf cutting ceremony included Big Parks Project chair Andy Smith, Peacehaven mayor Robbie Robertson, Grant Winters from Zero Degrees and Canvas design director John Flood.

The Big Parks Project will create a state of the art skate park that will not only provide a great facility for locals but a new destination for skaters from all over the county.

The build will last three to four months.

Project chair Andy Smith said: “After months of community consultation, hard work and planning I am delighted that the turf has now been cut and that this exciting project is now underway.

“I look forward to seeing it unfold in the following months.”

The initial ground levels have been taken, the marking out has been done and the big vehicles have arrived on site.

Skate Park designers Canvas asked that building works were not interfered with as this would delay the opening of the park.

For up to the minute updates on the skate park visit http://www.zerodegrees.org.uk or bigparksproject.org.uk

The Big Parks Project said work on the gateway building/cafe and the hub were progressing well. The roof has been insulated on the gateway (cafe) building.

Molly’s will take over running the cafe.

The cafe business already has two outlets in Longridge Ave, Saltdean, and on the lower promenade in Rottingdean.

It is hoped the café will be open in the new year.

Tasker Catchpole has also had a spot visit from an inspector from the Considerate Constructors Scheme and has achieved a score of seven in each of the five sections which means the site and operations were considered ‘Very Good’ and the company is now the proud owner of a Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate.

There has been a slight delay in the construction of the playgrounds.

A spokesperson for the Big Parks Project said: “For reasons out of our control there has been a delay in Southern Water handing over the park land to Peacehaven Town Council.

“This was completed last week and we are only now able to access the land for the purpose of constructing the playgrounds and skatepark.

“We were able to mobilise the skatepark team straight away to start building and we are hopeful that the playground construction will commence in three to four weeks.”