Plans to transform unused warehouse into skate park

Will Deverell

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A skate park could be opened in an unused warehouse if a planning application is approved by West Lindsey District Council.

Hemswell Kitchens co-owner William Deverell wants to convert one of the company’s former storage units at Hemswell Business Park into an indoor skate park with an onsite skate shop.

The skate park would be aimed at children aged eight to 18 and would be suitable for skateboards, inline skates, scooters and BMX riders.

Mr Deverell, who was a keen inline skater when he was a child, is enthusiastic about the project.

He said: “It’s ideal to take on and give something back to the community.

“It’ll be good for a lot of kids.

“Hopefully it’ll get a good response.

“I’m looking forward to people enjoying the space I’ve created.”

Mr Deverell said the project has the backing of other firms on the business park.

And the headteacher of nearby Pollyplatt Community Primary School at RAF Scampton, John Beaven, supports the project saying his pupils would be interested in an indoor facility.

Mr Beaven said: “We have a group of children who are presently working on an outdoor skate park so I’m sure they would be interested in something in the local area that is indoor.”

The skate park would be called Slab City Indoor Skate Park and be based at unit 11 on the business park.

It is hoped the skate park will be open before children break up from school for their six-week summer holiday.

A public consultation is now under way.

The application will be determined by the council’s planning committee in the coming weeks.