Decision details

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Councillor Blunt took the Chair for this item.  Councillor Middleton informed members that as a Director of Alive West Norfolk he would not vote thereon.


The Assistant to the Chief Executive presented the report which investigated future options for the Skatepark at Lynnsport with a view to providing a range of new facilities to enhance and improve the offer and broaden the appeal.  She explained that it would be a Council project as they would commission the work.


Under standing order 34 Councillor Nockolds – speaking as a Councillor and not Director of Alive West Norfolk confirmed that the Council should be looking at the options available to provide facilities for young people.


Under standing order 34 Councillor Kemp encouraged that young people be consulted on what they would like to see.


Under standing order 34 Councillor Joyce asked if any change of use would require planning permission.


The Assistant to the Chief Executive confirmed that any changes would require support from Sport England.  She also confirmed the figures to Councillor Dickinson.


Cabinet members debated the proposal and confirmed they felt it would be a good idea to provide new facilities for young people on the site. It was confirmed that consultation would be undertaken to see what was wanted by the young people.  The S151 officer would also give challenge to the figures provided which was agreed as an additional recommendation.



The comments of the Environment and Community Panel were noted.


RESOLVED:1)         That the Council, with the support of Alive West Norfolk progress the work to move to cost certainty for the project by providing funding of £110,942


2)         That delegated authority be granted to the council’s Section 151 Officer, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for People and Communities and Portfolio Holder for Finance, that, following resolution on some outstanding queries on the proposed business case, funding of £110,942 is allocated from earmarked reserves to engage consultants to prepare a cost certainty model to inform a final business case on which a decision can be made.


Reason for Decision

The Kaset skatepark provides an area specifically aimed at skateboarding which limits the prospective service users. Kaset does not achieve high attendance numbers and does not, in turn, provide a profit. This project is designed to improve the offer to the boroughs residents by providing a state-of-the-art Activity Centre, which will offer a range of activities, aimed at children of all ages, and thus create a more inclusive and appealing leisure interest for our communities.


If the project is to proceed, a cost certainty model will provide the council with the data to support the decision-making process and demonstrate if the project is affordable and will provide a return on investment for the council.

Publication date: 17/11/2022

Date of decision: 15/11/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Cabinet

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