Ottery skatepark CLOSED

Ottery skatepark. Picture: Ottery Station

Ottery skatepark. Picture: Ottery Station - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary skatepark is now closed until further notice - and all members of the committee running it have resigned.  

It was announced on Saturday (July 30) that the skatepark was to close and the matter was bought up during the Ottery Town Council meeting on Monday (August 1), after all committee members resigned 'en masse' on Friday night (July 29).

A spokesperson for Ottery St Mary Town Council told the Herald: "Ottery St Mary skatepark has been closed following a decision taken by the directors of the Ottery and District Skate and BMX Trust.

"The council was not provided with any notice regarding the closure of the skatepark and were only notified by email following the directors' decision to resign, en masse, last week.

"After the announcement on Friday, the council has been in discussions with their legal team regarding the options available and seeking the best solution which will allow the park to be reopened for the young people in Ottery St Mary."

The council said 'they do not operate the skate park and were not involved in the decision to close it'.

The closure is bad timing, with the school holidays underway.

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The Ottery St Mary Skate Park is leased to the Ottery and District Skate and BMX Trust by sublease dated July, 29, 2016, from Ottery St Mary Town Council. The term of the lease runs until April 11, 2031.

Deputy Mayor Stewart Lucas said:  “The decision of the directors to close the skatepark without warning at the start of the school summer holidays is a real blow to the users of the skatepark.

“Key councillors and council staff were working through the weekend to consider potential options for the council to safely reopen the skatepark once all the access and legal issues can be resolved with the directors of the trust."

Anyone who would be interested in helping the town council form a new skatepark group should contact the council at enquiries@otterystmary-tc.gov.uk