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Expert help needed on Bourne skatepark project

Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001

Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001

The group behind plans to build a new skatepark in Bourne have called for expert help to take the project to the next stage.

A small team including skaters, members of Bourne Town Council and the police have been working behind the scenes on the Dimension Skatepark project for months.

They have secured a site thanks to Bourne United Charities, which has offered an area on the Abbey Lawns. And a design has been drawn up by Wheelscape Skateparks.

But the group now needs new volunteers to join the committee and add expertise in new areas.

Bourne town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “Plans for a skatepark in the past have always been thwarted by the lack of a site this is an opportunity to provide a fantastic facility for the young people of Bourne. Progress has been slow because of the small number of volunteers working on the project.”

The existing committee has sought ideas from young people in Bourne and has pre-planning advice from South Kesteven District Council.

The next steps include consultation with neighbouring residents, choosing a developer and securing planning permission.

The final step would be to raise £150,000. The aim would be to start the building of the skatepark in the summer of 2015.

Mrs Jacobs said: “There is a huge amount needing to be done and without more volunteers the project will fail. We are looking for people who can help with getting planning permission, contract management, project management, fund raising, publicity, website development and so on. So there will be a job for you.”

If you would like to get involved, either complete the questionnaire at www.dimensionskatepark.org.uk, sending an e-mail to enquiries@dimensionskatepark.org.uk, or write to Dimension Skatepark, c/o SK Community Point, 3 Abbey Road, Bourne, PE10 9EF.

 

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