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Wadebridge keen to get moving on skatepark plan

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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SKATEBOARD enthusiasts in Wadebridge are a step closer to achieving their dream of a purpose-built skatepark.

The town council has put pen to paper to lease land from Cornwall Council at the rear of the town's Lidl store to accommodate the facility.

The cost of building the skatepark has been estimated at about £100,000, and a project group will be set up to apply for grants. Young people will be among those invited to join the group.

Youngsters in the town have been calling for a skatepark in Wadebridge for many years.

Planning permission was gained by the town council for a facility back in 2009 at the rear of Lidl but a lack of funding prevented it being constructed, and a lease for the land was never signed.

That planning permission has now run out, forcing the town council to reapply in the months ahead.

Councillors have set aside some money in its budget but the majority will have to come through grant funding.

Mayor Tony Rush, who is a member of a working party overseeing the project, admitted youngsters had been waiting a long time for a skatepark.

"We have achieved some progress on the skatepark now but there is still quite a lot of work to do,'' he said.

"Before we submit a planning application, the facility has to be redesigned as it now has to be constructed from concrete, but signing the lease is certainly a step in the right direction,'' said Mr Rush.

Wadebridge's neighbourhood police team leader Sergeant Robin Moorcroft is also a member of the skatepark working party.

He said it was important young skateboard enthusiasts are among those who join the project team.

"We very much need their support for the project and for them to have a real input into the type of facility they would like in Wadebridge.

"We will also be inviting design companies to meet with us to see what they have to offer, and eventually we intend to hold a presentation at the town hall.

"There is still a lot to do, especially with seeking funding, but things are moving in the right direction," said Sergeant Moorcroft.

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