Rush Skatepark confirms closure date at Brimscombe Port

Rush Skatepark, one of Europe’s biggest indoor facilities located in Brimscombe Port, will close in August, the owners have confirmed.

Jerry and Michelle Norman, who opened the skatepark in 2013, said they will cease trading on August 29 in a social media post.

Their tenancy ends as Stroud District Council move on plans for a £2.9m development of the port, which were drawn up before their contract with Rush was signed.

In a statement on their website, Jerry and Michelle said: “As many of you will know we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Rush Skatepark at Brimscombe Port and we would like to thank those of you who signed the petition, wrote appeal letters to the Council and have offered assistance to help in our quest to find new premises.

“Unfortunately, despite our pleas the council refuse to allow us to stay at Brimscombe Port whilst a developer is found. “It is therefore with great sadness that we must inform you our last day of trading will be – Sunday 29th August 2021.

“Session bookings will be taken on a two weekly basis (this also includes lessons). Hopefully from 19th July, when restrictions are relaxed, we will be able to hold a few events to celebrate the last 8 ½ years trading at Brimscombe Port. However, session bookings and lessons will continue to be on a two weekly basis until closure.

“Don’t worry we will continue our quest to find new premises and hopefully in the future there will be an even better Rush Skatepark.

“We would like to thank you all for your continued support.”

Over the past four years, the owners have viewed 15 potential new sites in Gloucestershire but they were unsuitable.

In May, a spokeswoman for Stroud District Council said: “We have worked closely with the owners of Rush Skatepark since 2015 to help them find alternative premises, and keep them in the district, however because of their unusual requirements nothing has yet come up. We offered them council land in the grounds of Stratford Park at a peppercorn rent.

“The few remaining tenants at the Port were aware of our development plans when their contracts were drawn up, and we have been assisting a number of them, including Rush to find new premises, and will continue to do so.

“We echo Rush’s appeals for site owners to come forward if they think they may have suitable premises to offer.

“Stroud District Council’s ambitious plans for Brimscombe Port will transform a partially derelict site into an exemplar development of low carbon housing, business, retail, leisure, public space and the reinstatement of the canal and basin. It will have huge economic, social and environmental benefits for both the immediate area and the wider district. There will be space for community and social enterprise to set up and flourish, creating new jobs and enterprise opportunities.

“We have committed £2.9m towards the infrastructure for the site, planning permission has now been granted and the next stage is to clear the buildings many of which are in poor repair and now empty; ready for a developer partner.”

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