Skatepark is welcomed by businesses

A WARM welcome has been given to a planned indoor skatepark.

The Base was seen by the chamber of commerce’s executive committee as a valuable addition to the attractions of Bognor Regis.

But a warning was made about the safety of some of its users who will be crossing the A29 dual carriageway to reach its intended premises on the Southern Cross Industrial Estate.

As reported, Bognor resident Janina Cooper wants planning permission to create the skatepark – called The Base – in an empty warehouse on Oldlands Way.

Her application for a change of use of the building is being considered by Arun District Council. The chamber is to send a letter of support for the scheme.

Paul Wells, a member of the chamber’s committee, said: “I certainly support this. It is the first indoor attraction for youngsters in this area to visit.

“A lot of people from Bognor travel outside the area to visit this sort of facility. I expect the skatepark will bring in people to Bognor and that will have a knock-on effect to trade.”

But another committee member Adam Cunard said he was worried about the safety of the users. He had already had near misses with young people using the MacDonald’s close to the skatepark’s intended location.

Chamber president and chairman Nick Stuart-Nicolson said: “Hopefully, the skatepark will replace the one on the seafront, which was only supposed to be temporary. That would enable that valuable site to be used for something more useful, like a restaurant.”

Committee member Ian Harding said West Park was a better location for an outdoor skatepark.