Pledges roll in for skatepark
A SKATEPARK could be built in a village following a campaign by scores of young people.
The £34,800 facility would be installed within the grounds of the community centre in Fornham All Saints.
The village’s parish council is moving ahead with the plans after it was presented with a petition signed by 48 young people calling for the park.
Parish councillor Howard Quayle, who is leading the council’s skatepark sub committee, said: “It’s driven by the fact that most of the kids who are very keen on skateboarding have to be taken to Western Way, in Bury St Edmunds.
“There’s already an existing children’s play park and football pitches for hire so we see this as being part of an integrated sports facility.”
To fund the project, the parish council has £6,000 from its own purse and £500 from collection jars.
Havebury Housing Partnership will supply £8,000 and the parish council has applied for £4,000 from Suffolk County Council’s locality budget and £5,000 from the Suffolk Foundation. Meanwhile, £8,000 has been approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s grant working party but needs to be ratified by its cabinet on July 25.
Young people hope to raise up to £1,000 from tombolas and car boot sales. In a report to the grant party, borough councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, who represents Fornham, said: “This is a much-needed amenity. The young people deserve to be rewarded for their hardwork and commitment.”
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