By Nick Owen
One of Brighton’s most beloved open-spaces is to get a new and improved skatepark, a residents’ consultation has shown.
More than 3,300 Brighton residents took part in the consultation, completing questionnaires and sharing their views about the future and redesign of The Level.
Will Peters, 17, from Hanover, a regular skater on The Level, said: “It’s fantastic news. We’ve been saying for a long time that something like this needs to be done.
“This skatepark’s getting a bit tired and, although it’s got a special place in my heart, I can’t wait to see how the new one rolls.”
Results from the consultation also showed overwhelming support for plans to build new toilets, a café with indoor seating, a water fountain and the restoration of Rose Walk.
Out of the two proposed options given by the council, 55 per cent of people said they preferred the plan to move The Level’s skatepark to the north of Rose Walk.
The option to keep the skatepark in its current position was less popular, with only 33 per cent of respondents supporting the plan, and 12 per cent not stating a preference.
Brighton and Hove City Councillor Pete West, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “There is no doubt everyone wants to see The Level improved and enhanced but we now have a much clearer picture of what’s important to residents and community groups.”
But the eventual cost of the overhaul will be around £2.8m, the council has revealed.
Despite the skatepark not being included in the ‘Parks for People’ bid, the council will work with Brighton & Hove Skateparks Association on the final designs and on bids for additional funding.
Moving the skatepark north of Rose Walk will mean more space will be available to the south for a ‘sensory garden’ and picnic lawns around the new café.
Lorna Jeffries, 34, of Ditchling Road, said: “I’m not a fan of the idea that there’s going to be less space in the main part of the level thanks to the skatepark, but at least I’ll have a nicer garden to take my kids to.”