Noise impact of skate park in Hailsham to be monitored

THE NOISE impact for residents of a new skate park in Hailsham is to be studied by experts.

Hailsham Town Council agreed to fund an acoustic survey costing £1,500 from a contingency fund, at a meeting on June 15.

The survey will look at the noise impact of the proposed skate park on homes near to Maurice Thornton Playing Fields.

It will be carried out later this year after backgroun noise is monitored in the area.

Any noise alleviation measures will then be factored into the final decision of the skate park wanted by teenagers in the town.

Town Cllr Nigel Coltman said: “The Town Farm Residents’ Association, Hailsham Town Council and other project partners have worked with the community over several years to find a suitable location for the skate park.

“Almost anywhere in Hailsham has plus and minus points, but we are pleased that Town Farm residents have been very supportive throughout this process.”

Cllr Stuart Towner, who is also chairman of the Town Farm Residents’ Association, said: “The town council has made a commitment to manage the skate park once completed, subject to the facility being inspected and signed off by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

“Local residents and organisations have already shown some degree of concern about the potential for noise and disturbance once the skate park is open, and it is for this reason that the Town Council has agreed to undertake the acoustic survey in order that residents can be reassured.”

Two bids to get extra funding for the skate park development have been submitted to both Veolia and the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Changing Spaces’ Scheme.

Wealden District Council has already committeed £25,000 for the project and the Safer Wealden Partnership will part fund £6,000. The project is estimated to cost £100,000 in total.