Young people play key part in bid to build skate park

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YOUNGSTERS are playing a big part in launching a bid for a permanent skate park.

Each August Horndean Parish Council erects a temporary skate park which is popular with young people across the area.

There is always a big disappointment when it has to be taken down at the end of the school holidays and both the parish council and East Hampshire have been accused of not doing enough to keep youngsters entertained.

But now the parish council has teamed up with students at Horndean Technology College to look at building a permanent skate park for BMXers, skateboarders and bladers.

Ali Wood, marketing officer from the school, said: ‘The students are always really disappointed when it’s time to take the skate park down at the end of the summer, hence the reason they are so keen to get involved.

‘They really want the project to go ahead and their knowledge of what is needed to make it a reality is incredible.’

The parish council has been investigating the possibility of a skate park for several years and a letter has been sent out to all homes close to the potential site in the recreation ground off Five Heads Road.

Although no final costings are known, skate parks are in the region of £50,000 to £60,000.

But year nine student Luke Coles thinks it will be money well spent and said students would be happy to fundraise.

The 14-year-old said: ‘There isn’t much for young people to do in Horndean at the moment. We tend to just wander round the streets.

‘It is a brilliant idea.’

Tracy Predeth, the parish clerk, said: ‘The temporary skate park costs around £2,000 a year.

‘We’re hoping to secure external funding for the permanent skate park and at the moment we’re doing a consultation.

‘Some of the funding will come from the parish council, some from East Hampshire and the rest will come from outside organisations.

‘The cost will depend completely on what type of skate park we go for which itself depends on the input into the consultation.’

The proposal will be discussed at the next full council meeting, on July 23, at 7pm at Jubilee Hall, Crouch Lane.