Borough Council of Wellingborough

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Support needed to revamp town’s skate park

Published Monday, 28 January 2019

Bassett’s Skate Park has been enjoyed by skateboard, roller-blade and BMX users for more than a decade but the public facility requires a major upgrade.

The council is keen to revamp the skate park to ensure that youngsters and athletes can have access to a high quality facility. The council has committed section 106 funding, contributed by developers towards community and social infrastructure, to redevelop the skate park; however, further funding is required in order to deliver a first-rate facility.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are committed to providing the local community with access to high quality public facilities which encourage them to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

“We will work with the public to apply for additional funding to carry out much-needed improvements to Bassett’s Skate Park. I would encourage anyone who would like to see this facility improved to get in touch and find out more about how they can get involved.”

Ward Councillor, Valerie Anslow, said: "My son, who is now 30 years old, used the skate park to perfect his skills when he was a young teenager, so I think it is time for an upgrade, with extended facilities for different ages and abilities. Skateboarding is a recognised sport and way to keep fit, and so this project will fit in well with the council's desire to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents."

Ward Councillor, Jonathan Ekins, added: “We would like to spark conversations between youngsters that use the skate park and the council to begin the process of securing additional funding to better improve the facilities that are on offer at this time at Bassett’s Park. In order to be successful in our bid for grants we need to work with residents who use facility to have their input in the redesign, and ensure that the skate park meets local needs.”

The existing skate park is not fit for use in the current state and residents have to travel to use alternative better-equipped facilities. In previous years, residents have demonstrated an interest in supporting the skate park, however due to a lack of commitment were not successful in securing extra funding. The council is encouraging residents to support the campaign in a bid to secure the additional funding needed.

To find out more please contact the project team at the council on: projects@wellingborough.gov.uk