Graffiti art will give park splash of colour

SKATER BOY Joshua Taylor from Hayling Island Youth Club with, from left, Cllr Frank Pearce, Mark Bradford of the Blue Lamp Trust, Graeme Hobbs of Motorola, High Sheriff of Hampshire Alan Lovell and Colin Crowther of Warings
SKATER BOY Joshua Taylor from Hayling Island Youth Club with, from left, Cllr Frank Pearce, Mark Bradford of the Blue Lamp Trust, Graeme Hobbs of Motorola, High Sheriff of Hampshire Alan Lovell and Colin Crowther of Warings
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A POPULAR skatepark is to be given a colourful facelift – using graffiti.

Young people on Hayling Island will be designing their own water-themed artwork to spruce up the skatepark near the beach.

Skateboarders and officials gathered at the skatepark to celebrate the launch of the scheme, which is costing a total of £5,000.

The project is being funded with a £2,000 grant from Southern Water, as well as £1,500 each from Havant Borough Council and The Blue Lamp Trust, a charitable partnership between Hampshire police, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and local businesses.

Councillor Frank Pearce, a member of Hampshire Fire Authority, which is backing the project, said: ‘I originally raised the funding for this skate park 12 years ago.

‘I am so delighted that the skatepark will be given a new lease of life as it is such a popular venue for the young people of Hayling Island.’

Skatepark users are now being invited to graffiti workshops at the Hayling Island Community Centre to design the new artwork.

The first workshop takes place between 6pm and 8pm on March 21.

Laura Robertson, neighbourhoods developments officer at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘The aim of this project is to revitalise the skatepark involving the local young people.’

As well as handing over cheques for the skatepark project, The Blue Lamp Trust and Havant Borough Council have each given £3,500 towards an event for hundreds of local youngsters.

The Junior Citizen Event, held every autumn at Fort Purbrook, teaches 1,200 schoolchildren how to be a good citizen.

Havant Mayor Yvonne Weeks said: ‘The £5,000 of match funding that Havant Borough Council is providing for these two projects is incredibly valuable to young people.’