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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #190 on: March 17, 2015, 09:31:28 PM »
An application for planning permission was submitted on Friday 6 March 2015. This should soon appear on the Planning Portal and I'll add a link when it does.
http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

Think you've been granted full planning permission. I receive planning applications each week from SMBC.

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« Reply #189 on: March 15, 2015, 08:05:01 AM »
Here's the final version of Marple College Students' video shot during Marple Carnival 2013 that was included with our Skatepark Grant Application:



The video was filmed and edited by Media Studies students attending Marple Sixth Form College. Unfortunately, due to technical problems with their equipment, the sound recording proved to be unusable but we think they’ve made a great job of producing a video that captures the day despite this set-back.
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #188 on: March 11, 2015, 12:12:55 PM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated to reflect the following recent developments:

Notification that Marple and District WI raised £600 towards the project match-funding during last year's Christmas Cracker, bringing our community funding to £22,928.

An application for planning permission was submitted on Friday 6 March 2015. This should soon appear on the Planning Portal and I'll add a link when it does.

A grant application was submitted yesterday to the Lafarge- Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund administered by the Derbyshire Environmental Trust and receipt was informally acknowledged today. The application asks for £62,000, which is the balance of funds that we need to complete the Marple Skatepark Development Project.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #187 on: March 03, 2015, 04:38:30 PM »
Images showing the first tweaks and changes to our skatepark design following the meeting with users in February are now available:





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« Reply #186 on: February 21, 2015, 08:47:07 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 9 February 2015 and the Skatepark meetings of 19 January and 5 February 2015:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #185 on: February 01, 2015, 10:17:42 AM »
The poppy is such a nice touch. Just emphasising that this is "Memorial" Park.
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« Reply #184 on: February 01, 2015, 09:04:12 AM »
That looks a lot bigger than the current skate park. Is it?

It is all contained within the existing footprint of the site (the existing hard surface area) but yes, more of the existing space it is being used for the new skatepark.

This plan of the existing facility helps to make it clearer:
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #183 on: February 01, 2015, 08:30:55 AM »
That looks a lot bigger than the current skate park. Is it?
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« Reply #182 on: February 01, 2015, 07:38:05 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of recent fund-raising successes. These include an extra £50 donated by High Lane Garage, £5 donated by @Barbara in the park, £223 raised by family and friends of Diane Jackson on her recent milestone birthday and £793 from our joint collection at the Co-Op before Christmas with Marple and Goyt Valley Rotary Club.

These fantastic contributions bring our Community Funding total to £22,154 to date, which means that we have now surpassed our target to match the council's contribution of £22,000 from commuted sums by the end of 2014.

We plan to continue raising funds for the project until we are ready to submit our large grant application because if we can reduce the proportion of money that we need to ask for it should give us a better chance of success.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

Here are some images of the successful design that will be discussed with Skatepark Users soon:









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« Reply #181 on: January 20, 2015, 04:20:02 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2015 and the Skatepark meeting of 17 July 2014, which was only released on limited distribution at the time pending completion of the skatepark tender selection process:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #180 on: December 25, 2014, 07:55:11 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated to announce that yesterday, after a frustrating wait since July this year, we were at last told that the council's process for approving the skatepark contractor chosen by the Project Team and User Group is virtually complete and we could let people know.

So I'm pleased to advise that in the New Year Canvas Spaces Ltd will be helping us to develop a final design, obtain planning permission and will support our large grant application. In the event that this is successful they will also build the new skatepark but there is still a lot to do before we reach that stage.   

For more details and some provisional shots of the chosen design visit the project page:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

Merry Christmas everyone!
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« Reply #179 on: December 10, 2014, 08:05:50 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 10 November 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #178 on: November 27, 2014, 07:48:11 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of the funds raised at the most recent Ring o' Bells Quiz nights in November. We've also had approximately £100 donated via Local Giving during the "Grow Your Tenner" campaign over the last few weeks. These contributions bring our Community Funding total to £21,050 to date.

We'd like to match the council contribution of £22,000 by the end of the year. Look out for more news soon of local support to help us try and do that.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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« Reply #177 on: October 27, 2014, 05:11:39 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #176 on: October 20, 2014, 06:49:59 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with the latest news, which for convenience is also repeated below.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

Skatepark Project Update 20 October 2014

Three calendar months have passed since the Marple Skatepark Project Team met with Skatepark Users and the council to score the three Skatepark design tenders received on 13 June. There was a very strong winner of the user group scoring process followed at the meeting on 17 July and this was also reflected in the consultation with users and the public at Marple Carnival on Saturday 21 June 2014. The remainder of the scoring process was concluded with Stockport Council on 28 July with the same tenderer being a clear winner on all fronts.

Since then we've been waiting for Stockport Council to complete their approval process so that we can start talking to the chosen tenderer, tweak his designs and get them ready for planning permission – the intent being that once we have planning permission we would submit a landfill trust grant application to try and win the balance of the money that we need to complete the project.

Unfortunately, at the moment Stockport Council seem unable to bring the approval process to a conclusion. The reason given for this is that the chosen tenderer is a relatively new company and therefore the council are seeking a parent company guarantee. This is not unusual but the council appears to be struggling to reach an agreement on it. It’s hard for us to understand why that would be as the chosen company is currently working on or recently completed seven other skateparks for six different local authorities across the country.

On 24 September we met with Ian Walmsley - the council's Greenspace Manager - and Councillor Martin Candler. Cllr Candler is Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, which includes responsibility for all Stockport Parks and Green Spaces. It was explained that the delays are having a severe impact on the momentum of the project and we are very concerned about what we will have to do if this matter is not resolved soon in a way that allows us to move on with our plans. Cllr Candler agreed to investigate the issues and see if he can help to resolve them.

As we currently understand it, the council’s procurement and legal service providers are working to resolve the matter but we have no details of what the issues are and have been unable to obtain any indication of how much longer it will take.

We’ve held off making a formal update about the situation until now because we expected it to be resolved within a few weeks but are now in despair at the momentum that has been lost on the project and embarrassed at the delays.

We notified Skatepark Users who took part in the scoring process at the beginning of October and now feel it’s essential to tell other people taking an interest in the project what is happening too. We continue hoping that this issue will be resolved satisfactorily, allowing us to engage with the chosen contractor and move the project forward soon.

We will provide further updates when we have more news.
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