Builders told: “get skates on”

PUBLISHED: 11:11 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

CONSTRUCTION of Saffron Walden s skate park should start in the next few weeks if the American contractors get themselves together . It was feared the building of the facility would have to be postponed and that it would cost significantly more than pred

CONSTRUCTION of Saffron Walden's skate park should start in the next few weeks if the American contractors "get themselves together".

It was feared the building of the facility would have to be postponed and that it would cost significantly more than predicted due to problems with site soil.

However, vice chairman of the skatepark group, Paul Ogborn, revealed that there are in fact no problems with the land on which the park is going to be built, near the Lord Butler Leisure Centre.

He said: "The ground underneath the park is fine - our engineer believed that the park was not going to be possible because of soft clay soil at the site, but we've taken further advice and decided we can push on.

"We're just waiting for the American sub-contractors, Dreamland Skateparks, to sign the contract then come over and begin construction."

The skatepark group has £250,000 to fund the park, which should be enough to ensure its completion.

English Landscapes, a landscaping firm, will oversee the project, and they have sub-contracted Dreamland Skateparks.

Dreamland Skatepark's website highlights the project in Saffron Walden as an example of its international success.

One page of its website states that construction was due to start in June, while another page says that the work should have begun in April.

Unless the park is constructed soon, it is likely the skate-park will not be ready for several months.

Mr Ogborn said: "If they don't get themselves together and begin in the next few weeks then it is unlikely that the park will be built this year."

The park will be named One Minet Park in memory of keen skater Andrew Minet, who was killed in a road accident.

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