Greenwich Council has opened a consultation into its planned skate park in Charlton Park – but don’t expect to be asked if you think it’s a wise idea or not.
In July, the council’s cabinet decided to relocate Woolwich’s Royal Arsenal Gardens skate park to Charlton, with £365,000 provided by Arsenal developer Berkeley Homes.
The public are only now being asked for an opinion – and that’s to choose between three sites in Charlton Park. The first site is close to the Charlton Lane entrance to the park, while the second is tucked away in the other corner of the field. The third site is in a corner used by dog walkers off Charlton Park Lane.
There are only two questions in the consultation – which site you prefer, and whether you have any other comments.
Aside from the decision not to consult with the community in choosing Charlton Park, hard facts about the skate park remain hard to come by. There is no information about who would operate the skate park, what provisions would be made for safety, security and landscaping, and whether any other funding is being sought to create a facility that’d be an improvement on the rather spartan space it’d replace in Woolwich.
The consultation can be found at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/consultations, and is open until 1 December.