Troubled skate park to prosper at last - as popular cafe moves in next door

The Warehouse Leyland skate park owner Peter Chandler, with Amanda Calwell from Peek-A-Brew cafe
The Warehouse Leyland skate park owner Peter Chandler, with Amanda Calwell from Peek-A-Brew cafe

Problems surrounding a skate park which opened more than two years ago have only now been resolved.

The Warehouse Leyland, which opened in the Talbot Road Industrial Estate in August 2012, has faced numerous setbacks over planning permission and noise complaints.

Now, after spending an incredible £183,000 on making adjustments, owner Peter Chandler is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

What’s more, with a popular cafe opening up next door, both business owners are confident the changes will be just the boost they need.

As previously reported in the Guardian, Amanda Calwell has relocated her cafe, Peek-A-Brew, from Hough Lane in the town centre to the industrial estate, which is also the home of the Tracey Rigby Dance and Fitness studio.

Peter, who had already spent £100,000 to open the skate park in the first place, said: “It has felt like a downward spiral to be honest.

“We have had to re-mortgage the house twice and we had to close the skate park for a few months while we added insulation in the roof and walls, so that set us back.

“We’ve also had to fill the ramps with sand to reduce noise levels, and it’s taken so much longer than I expected.

“The council made us reduce our evening and weekend opening hours until all the work was done, but things are starting to look positive for us again – at last.”

Peter, who runs the Warehouse with his wife and three children, added: “More skate parks are opening in Lancashire as it’s a really popular thing now, which is great.

“It’s not affecting our business – the more the better I say.

“There are enough kids to go around and we’re still very busy, it just means that more people are getting into it.

“I also think the opening of Peek-A-Brew will be good for us, because it will bring more customers to this part of Leyland, and the skate park and dance studio customers can also visit the cafe, so it’s a win-win.

“I actually met Amanda at Peek-A-Brew when she was still on Hough Lane and I told her we’d love to have something like that near us.

“She came down to see the facilities and mentioned that she was considering packing up because of the high business rates in the town centre, so I just said, ‘well come here then’.

“And here she is!

“I think the cafe will do brilliantly here.”

The pair are planning a joint grand opening later this month.