Skate park parking bays are removed

CONTROVERSIAL disabled parking bays are to be removed from Steyning Parish Council’s skate park plan.

Chairman Phil Bowell told the council on Monday new advice from Horsham District Council’s equalities officer suggested the creation of disabled parking spaces on the Memorial Playing Field was not necessary.

Councillors agreed the spaces be removed from the plan, along with the planned hexopath from the skate park to the gate by the Mill Road track.

The council also agreed the clerk, Sue Booth, be delegated to discuss a landscape plan for the proposed skate park.

She will talk with Horsham’s landscape officer for advice on species of shrubs and trees, and the proposed planting scheme will be submitted as part of the planning application.

Mr Bowell said: “At the end of the day, we know we have to comply with the landscape officer so that is our proposal.”

Questions were again raised about the Steyning Leisure Centre site as an option, and the council was told Steyning Grammar School, which owns the land, had given an unequivocal ‘no’.

Cllr David Barling said: “I have asked the school on occasions that have been so many I can’t recall. They will not give the land, full stop. They have never given permission and never will.”

Mr Bowell said: “We want to embark on a project that we can complete and we can complete it because we have control. It is the only option to the parish council at this moment in time.”