Kick flips all round as Surrey's newest skate park approved

Cobhams’s skatepark will be wiped out and be given a full 360 upgrade after plans to modernise its ramps and rails were approved.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

Elmbridge Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the bid to replace Leg O’Mutton’s “disused” skatepark near Downside Bridge Road on Tuesday, February 6 with a new and “much improved” facility.

The new skatepark will provide an outdoor sport space for the community and in particular younger people, while its design boosts inclusivity for all rider abilities, the committee heard.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The project was driven by Martin Elbourne and the Cobham Village Partnership.

Cobham Skatepark Design 1. Picture by Martin ElbourneCobham Skatepark Design 1. Picture by Martin Elbourne
Cobham Skatepark Design 1. Picture by Martin Elbourne

Mr Elbourne said: “There are two things, firstly we are obviously delighted the application for the new skate park was unanimously approved – and grateful for the support of the councillors.

“The decision reflected the recognition that the younger generation suffered disproportionally from covid and that such a project would go some way of addressing the physical and mental mental issues facing the community.”

Despite the universal backing of the plans there were a few minor concerns the committee discussed. These included taking up more green belt land and the potential for antisocial behaviour. But it was felt the wider benefits of giving people a new skatepark would help, not only with wellbeing and fitness but also in turning a poorly used rundown site into a popular gathering place.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Cllr Alistair Mann (CON; Cobham and Downside): “I recognise there is a concern in Cobham that Cobham has a graffiti problem, whether it does or it doesn’t, there is a concern that it does, and that the skateboarding community is likely to develop that problem.

Cobham Skatepark Design 2. Picture by Martin ElbourneCobham Skatepark Design 2. Picture by Martin Elbourne
Cobham Skatepark Design 2. Picture by Martin Elbourne

“Anecdotally that suggests that a better used skatepark is likely to be self policing.

“Comments against the new park say its currently disused so why have a new one? Im not surprised. It’s a out of date and ultimately dangerous so its been disused.

“What were faced with is an application to put a very welcome, and even those negative comments broadly welcome it, investment into Cobham.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Cllr Janet Turner (RA; Hinchley Wood and Weston Green Ward) thanked the people who worked to get the park and said there was no way the council could have afforded the project.

She said: “This is something that is very important to Elmbridge.

“This is really important it actually gets people outside and active.

“Thank you to the people who took this forward we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Related topics: