Work could start on Stamford’s new skatepark in the winter

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BUILDING work on a long awaited skatepark could start in December if a lottery grant application is successful.

Stamford Skatepark Committee is planning to install a bowl-shaped sunken ramp on the town’s Recreation Ground.

The group is submitting a £50,000 grant application to the Big Lottery fund this month and it now has raised £102,000 in fundraising and pledged grants.

Teenagers in Stamford have been skating in car parks and in the town centre for three years following the closure of the wooden ramps at the Rec.

Committee secretary Sally Jordan is excited to be at this stage.

She said: “We can see light at the end of the tunnel. It has been three years since the old skatepark was pulled down and three years is long enough.

“We are getting so close now. The Big Lottery application is very involved and there are lots of criteria we have to meet before we get the money.”

The committee has been told verbally that it has secured £38,000 in grants from two bodies but has not received official notification.

Mrs Jordan and the team working have a deadline of June 22 to submit the lottery application and expect to hear the result by the end of August.

If the application is not successful, the committee will decide whether to carry on fundraising or to alter the design.

The group says is not willing to spend more than £130,000 on the skatepark.

Mrs Jordan says the group will hold a public meeting to discuss what features will be installed in the concrete ramp and is also calling on parents and other members of the community to supervise the ramps once they are built.

She said: “We want help from the users’ parents to come and supervise it occasionally to keep an eye on things.

“We want to cause as little disruption as possible to nearby residents. We want it to be well used in a responsible way but we need the community to help us.”

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Plans for a skatepark in Bourne have stalled as no land could be found.

Dimension Skatepark Committee called it a day last year and has handed back most of its funds. It has £2,948.45 remaining to distribute to schools.

But the committee has held off from distributing the remaining money to allow teenagers to find land.