Les Quennevais skate park plans take flight again

A PLANNING application for a new skate park at Les Quennevais will be submitted by the end of the month, according to the politician in charge of Island sport.

Deputy Hugh Raymond says a new skate park should be completed at Les Quennevais by the end of 2021 – easing pressure on existing facilities at St John's Recreation Centre and the Harbour Picture: DAVID FERGUSON
Deputy Hugh Raymond says a new skate park should be completed at Les Quennevais by the end of 2021 – easing pressure on existing facilities at St John's Recreation Centre and the Harbour Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

Following a month of fresh uncertainty over the location of the facility, Deputy Hugh Raymond has issued the deadline for the application in the hope that the park can still be built by December 2021.

Raymond recently admitted he was playing ‘catch up’ after discovering that the government’s sports facilities division had begun a feasibility study at South Hill, despite the result of a public consultation in 2019 proposing Les Quennevais as the preferred destination. However, he has now sought to end speculation and is adamant that no other sites will be considered.

Concerns had been raised about the park’s location at the top end of Les Quennevais, with Jersey Sport chief executive Catriona McAllister arguing that it would be too ‘out of the way’ – particularly as lighting would not be provided from the main sports centre complex to the park.

‘Let’s just get on with it and build it,’ said Raymond, who has been liaising with the Jersey Skateparks Association and government officials.

‘Subject to planning, there should be no issues with getting the skate park done. We know another site has been looked at but we want to give skaters the best outcome and, if all goes well, it will be at Les Quennevais.’

Full story in Monday's JEP.

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