Former skate park blighted by fire and vandals to be demolished

Posted on - 24th November, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
Inside the former Ark skate park

Inside the former Ark skate park

A skate park left ravaged by a fire is to be demolished.


What was Arc skate park in School Street, off Bow Lane, was left burnt out during July last year.

Firefighters tackled the blaze and now its owners have applied to bring down the building ahead of any redevelopment of the site.

Herbygreen Properties has applied for permission to demolish the building.

A statement reads: “The remaining building is currently in a dilapidated state which is likely to cause danger to the public and has a nuisance value from trespassers entering the site likely to cause potential harm to individuals and passers-by.

“The local authority have in the past received complaints from neighbouring residents following trespass on to the site by youths to use the remaining skate ramps bypassing the measures the owners had taken. Further measures were taken at the local authorities request to minimise the risk of injury.

“It is not possible to insure the premises given its condition and unoccupied status as it poses a risk to life to enter the site and leaves the remaining property open to further arson attacks in its present state.”

A fire fighter battles the skate park flames

A fire fighter battles the skate park flames

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It states no plans have been made about what to redevelop the site as.

What do you think about the demolition? Do you live near the site? Let us know in the comments below

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