Skate Ramp

In 2003, several Councillors visited a small successful skate ramp facility in Whitminster (small village of 560 residents near Stroud). This inspired the Town Council to look at providing a similar facility at the Walnut Tree Field in Fairford. Initial discussions took place and the Ernest Cook Trust (who own the Walnut Tree Field) gave permission to site a skate ramp and associated seating in the north end of the field. A planning application was submitted to CDC in November 2004, but the application was returned as unnecessary because the works constitute Permitted Development under Part 12 of the Country Planning Order 1995.

A half pipe was installed in July 2006 and was very popular with the young people of Fairford. Unfortunately due to inadequate installation, there were a number of ongoing problems with the surface of the ramp. After lengthy discussions with the supplier, it was agreed in January 2008 to request a full payment refund for the ramp and purchase a new ramp from a different supplier. A new half pipe ramp is now installed in the Walnut Tree Field with a concrete base and surrounded by safa surface matting. Two team benches have also been introduced to provide seating for spectators. The concrete, safa surface matting and team benches were funded via a grant from Cotswold District Council.

Due to the popularity of the skate ramp, young enthusiasts asked for additional lighting to allow use of the facility for longer hours in the winter months. The Town Council was successful in obtaining a grant from Cotswold District Council’s Safer Cotswolds Group and along with a donation from Gloucestershire County Council was able to organise additional lighting.  The new light is set on a timer to allow control of usage.

In 2010 a Council worker and volunteer repainted the ramp surface.  Discussions are currently underway with Farmor’s Secondary School for a group of pupils to paint murals on the sides.

In 2003, several Councillors visited a small successful skate ramp facility in Whitminster (small village of 560 residents near Stroud). This inspired the Town Council to look at providing a similar facility at the Walnut Tree Field in Fairford. Initial discussions took place and the Ernest Cook Trust (who own the Walnut Tree Field) gave permission to site a skate ramp and associated seating in the north end of the field. A planning application was submitted to CDC in November 2004, but the application was returned as unnecessary because the works constitute Permitted Development under Part 12 of the Country Planning Order 1995.

A half pipe was installed in July 2006 and was very popular with the young people of Fairford. Unfortunately due to inadequate installation, there were a number of ongoing problems with the surface of the ramp. After lengthy discussions with the supplier, it was agreed in January 2008 to request a full payment refund for the ramp and purchase a new ramp from a different supplier. A new half pipe ramp is now installed in the Walnut Tree Field with a concrete base and surrounded by safa surface matting. Two team benches have also been introduced to provide seating for spectators. The concrete, safa surface matting and team benches were funded via a grant from Cotswold District Council.

Due to the popularity of the skate ramp, young enthusiasts asked for additional lighting to allow use of the facility for longer hours in the winter months. The Town Council was successful in obtaining a grant from Cotswold District Council’s Safer Cotswolds Group and along with a donation from Gloucestershire County Council was able to organise additional lighting.  The new light is set on a timer to allow control of usage.

In 2010 a Council worker and volunteer repainted the ramp surface. Discussions are currently underway with Farmor’s Secondary School for a group of pupils to paint murals on the sides.