Skate park NOISES off riles theatre

PUBLISHED: 18:16 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

A THEATRE chairman is furious at plans for a skate park being given the go-ahead before he was consulted.

A THEATRE chairman is furious at plans for a skate park being given the go-ahead before he was consulted.

Bexley council approved an application for Danson Youth Centre, in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath to build a skate park in December 2006.

But it was eight months later when members of neighbouring The Edward Alderton Theatre, in Brampton Road, found out about the plans.

According to council regulations, properties bordering the proposed site should be approached by the council for consultation.

Theatre chairman Ian Saxton said he would have objected to the proposals straight away because the noise from the park would be heard inside the theatre.

He said: "Apparently the council sent us a letter on October 11, 2006, but sadly the letter never arrived. We would have vehemently objected for blindingly obvious reasons.

"Straight after we knew, we made noises. At that point, there was nothing we could do about it but try to have some conditions."

The council refused pleas from Mr Saxton to erect a sound barrier but said it will close the park half an hour before productions at the theatre.

Mr Saxton said: "I don't think it will work very well.

"Obviously, there will be weeks of preparation for each play, which will be a pain with the noise the skate park will make.

"The council told us they were surprised we didn't make any objections at the beginning.

"Nobody wants to admit it but they made a mistake."

Now, the council is choosing a contractor after putting the job out for tender.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "A more effective way of minimising any noise impact is achievable by introducing a management programme rather than relying on a physical noise barrier.

"The youth centre's desire to act as a good neighbour has been paramount from the inception of the project and in accordance with the planning permission the centre is devising a management programme that will regulate the use of the skate park.

"In addition, the skate park will not operate on a Sunday."

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