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New Wisbech skate park project launched

Hopes for a new and improved skate park for Wisbech are gathering pace with the launch of a new project involving the local community.

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Wisbech Town Council, Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and local housing provider Clarion Futures will be working with residents and the Oasis Community Centre to develop and fund a new skate park in Bath Road on the Waterlees ward.

The old skate park had reached the end of its useful life, with all the old equipment being removed by Fenland District Council earlier this year due to safety concerns.

Project leaders said the move was disappointing for local youngsters, but represented a "real opportunity" to offer a new and improved facility for the whole community.

Wisbech Town Council has agreed Fenland District Council set aside £35,000 for the project from Section 106 funding, which will be used to attract further investment and funding from other sources. Fenland District Council will also contribute £5,000, along with ongoing skate park maintenance and safety assessment costs.

Fenland's open spaces team will also provide its expertise to help deliver the new facility, alongside the engineering team once an agreed skate park build commences.

The project group has begun applying to various funders for support, and will be fundraising within the local community.

Wisbech Town Councillor Laura Cobb, who is leading the town council's support for the project with fellow town councillors, said: "We have many young people living very close to this area and they tell me that an improved facility is necessary. This is a place where young people gather, enjoy themselves and help create the community that we enjoy. This project is crucial to the area, as well as wider Wisbech communities, and I hope that we can deliver a fantastic skate park by the summer holidays next year."

A community group is also being set up to back the project, which has also been supported with £500 from Wisbech Town Council's Mayor's Fund.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "This project has considerable community backing and I am pleased that Fenland is getting a large group together to push this important community project along. We have seen the success of similar projects across Fenland and given the number of young people living in this area I expect that this new skate park will be the busiest yet."

Local businesses are also being urged to support the project. Anyone wishing to get involved can contact Laura Cobb at Wisbech Town Council on 01945 461333.

Article added: November 13, 2017