Have your say on plans for new skating area

Louis' Sketch

For the last 18 months, members of Alderley Edge Youth Council have been working on proposals for a new skating area in the village. As part of this process, the young people, supported by councillors Rachael Grantham and Craig Browne, have been holding discussions with Cheshire Police, Cheshire East Parks (ANSA) and Evolution Skateparks.

Our youth councillors are now ready to present their proposals to the community and would like to invite all residents to a consultation event on Monday, 23rd July, from 5pm to 7pm at the Festival Hall. At the event, there will be displays of the various options, as well as an opportunity to speak with the youth councillors about their ideas.

Councillor Rachael Grantham said "The attached sketch was drawn by Louis, one of our youth councillors, who took the ideas from some of the discussions from our meetings and translated them into a design. This design has now been interpreted by Evolution Skateparks and Cheshire East Council, who have produced a CGI of Louis work which will be on display on Monday evening.

"The Youth Councillors are very aware of potential concerns residents may have, but feel that a skatepark would give them a safe environment to play in and encourage young people to get outdoors. They particularly feel that youth facilities in Alderley Edge are limited, but are keen to hear the views of local residents."

Whilst all comments are welcome, in terms of feeding back to Cheshire East Council, they need formal feedback forms (which will be available on the night) to be completed.

If anyone wishes to give feedback, but is unable to attend on Monday, please email Cllr Rachael Grantham who will send an electronic feedback form by return.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Duncan Herald
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 8:57 am
Sadly the sketch is unclear.
No mention of where the proposed structure would be built. In the park?
Cost estimate and who pays would be helpful to know.
Craig Browne
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 12:31 pm
Hi Duncan,

I have now provided Lisa with a higher resolution image (which has been added above).

A copy of all the various plans, projected costings, proposed funding and feedback forms will be available at the event on Monday evening.

Kind regards,
John Bowden
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 5:31 pm
For those unable to attend can we please be made aware of locations being considered? Thanks
Harry Martin
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 5:43 pm
Would anyone be bothered about the cost if it were a bowling green etc . Young people need somewhere outdoors to socialise . How many complain about them being indoors 24/7 ? This will be a free venue for them . At least try it out - the main cost if there is nothing is their health .
Jon Williams
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 8:14 pm
It's taken 18 months just to get ready to present their proposals to the community, I won't bother asking why so long - just get on with it !
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 9:14 pm
I hate to be a kill joy here but have the future owners of this facility done a risk assessment and checked with their insurers, because parents will sue when something is broken? and yes I was a safety officer.
I am in favour of some form of social/sport amenity but we need to be careful what we are letting ourselves in for. Will someone raise this issue as I can't come Monday.
Rachael Grantham
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 10:08 pm

John B, if you email me at I will send you the details. I will send all the images, designs and costings to Lisa, for this website, after the event on Monday.

This is a project run by the Youth Council and only supported by Craig and I, therefore I’d like to allow them the opportunity to share their proposals themselves before they are available online.

Hi Jon W, as I mentioned above this project is the work of the Youth Councillors, they meet every 8/10 weeks for an hour. They are very aware that a project of this nature would come up against some opposition, therefore, it was important to them to ensure they had thought about every aspect, from initial design ideas and funding sources to liaising with the police, Councillors, officers at Cheshire East and various different skate park designers before consulting with the residents of Alderley Edge.

I’m extremely proud of the work the group of 11 - 16yrs olds have done and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing the feedback the Youth Councillors get on Monday. Please do come along and share your opinions with them.

Best wishes,

Craig Browne
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 10:20 pm
Dear Jon (W),

We are talking about a group of young people who give of their time freely and whom we actively seek to encourage and support in making a positive contribution to the life of our village.

I believe we are rightly proud of our Youth Councillors; Louis, for example, who has prepared the design above, has been working on this project as part of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Such a pity that rather than offering our young people the support and encouragement they deserve, you only felt able to make a negative comment about their efforts.

Kind regards,
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 11:01 pm
Great idea. Fully approve of this and far better to have youngsters out in the fresh air than gaming in a dark room...
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 8:55 am
Hi Harry,
yes to your question; I'll allways like to know the cost and who pays and the exacy location.
Why not? Why would those who know want to be secretive?
I can (just about) understand that 'they' might wish to first reveal details at the Monday evening meeting.
Hopefully thereafter the details will be revealed on this site, for the public to consider?

Hi Craig,
might it be possible to 'fit' your proposed structure onto a 'map' of that part of the park where you would wish to embed the structure?
Also whether trees etc.would have to be removed, to make room for the structure?
Peter Liddle
Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 2:41 pm
I hope that thought will be given to the times when the proposed skating ring can be used and that it will not be available for use after dark.
I am not sure how this restriction could be enforced, but think it is an important consideration for residents living within hearing distance.
Peter Liddle
Fiona Doorbar
Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 5:20 pm
It’s not easy to skateboard in the dark Peter but your point is valid I guess. I personally think this is a very commendable project and will pop in on Monday to find out more. Well done to all those involved.
Keri Lamb
Thursday 19th July 2018 at 1:34 pm
Thank you to all involved for trying to resolve the ongoing issue of community entertainment. I think this is a great idea for the teens of the community, but my question would be this....
Has it been considered to use the existing building and space on the Chelford playing fields? This always seems such a waste of resource when it could be used as a shared community space for the kids of the village. Inside a Pool table/table tennis table, cafe/sitting area, football pitch available right outside for those who want to be out and then if the space works and is being used then add the skate ramp to the area?
The club house to be run on a voluntary basis, so with supervision. Hopefully an older teen would be willing to do this on rotation.
Duncan Herald
Thursday 19th July 2018 at 3:23 pm
Good Thought Keri.
The table tennis tables in the park's old bandstand, which sadly are not used, could be moved to the site you suggest.
Fiona Doorbar
Monday 23rd July 2018 at 5:42 pm
After visiting the consultation event this evening with my teenager I must praise all of those involved with this proposal. I really hope that the 'dead space' in the park can finally be utilised with a well thought out, considered solution that will enhance the lives of our teenage (and younger) residents. We look forward to the results of the questionnaire becoming a reality early next year.
Brian Etchells
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 6:34 am
I couldn’t make it to the meeting last night, but saw the plans on the noticeboard near Waitrose. I just wanted to add my praise to all the young people who have tried so hard with this project. I really hope that everyone can get behind them and make it a success.
Kriss Coombes
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 2:37 pm
I did make it to the meeting last night and was pleased to meet several members of the Youth Council. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and their hard work to make the skateboard area a reality.

I agree with Harry Martin about the high maintenance costs of the bowling green and the exclusive use of the pavilion and toilet facilities for bowlers only.

If we ignore the wishes of our younger generation then Alderley Edge will soon become Elderley Edge.

Thanks to Rachael and Craig for their support, as usual.
Charlie Gaughan
Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 1:11 am
About time something that people want sorry most off the people the only ones who don’t are sad old farts who forgot where they came from I.E being young the park is for everyone that means teenagers to