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Aldermaston Parish Council speaks out on skate ramp debate

The Newbury Weekly News recently reported on a successful grassroots campaign in Aldermaston to keep the village’s skate ramp, which had been condemned by the parish council.

Now, the council has weighed in on the issue, aiming to address criticisms of its decision at a July meeting to remove the ramp.

In particular, the council re-stated that it still plans to retire the facility, and has simply deferred the process, allowing a group of residents time to carry out their own inspection of the ramp and to make alternative proposals.

The skate ramp in Aldermaston - closed due to safety concerns.
The skate ramp in Aldermaston - closed due to safety concerns.

A council spokesperson said: “If our decision is to be overturned, the investigation needs to find new evidence that will guarantee the success of any repair work beyond the limited time range that we have been given.

“Our primary consideration will continue to be the prudent expenditure of our parishioner’s money.”

They said the best quote to date for repair of the ramp was £2,395 plus VAT and this would only extend the structure’s lifespan by a maximum of around three years.

Annual maintenance would cost around £500 and the council only has a precept income of £13,500, a factor which, the council said had informed its decision-making.

Councillors have taken issue with claims of a lack of consultation on the ramp’s removal, noting that a 2019 survey found local support for investment in new trim trail equipment over any move to renovate or replace the facility.

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