Funding search for Weston skate park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 August 2014

Hutton Moor skate park. Photo: David Winship.

Hutton Moor skate park. Photo: David Winship.

David Winship.

'SIGNIFICANT' work has been carried out on a 10-year-old Weston skate park to make it safe.

Members of Weston Town Council’s tourism and leisure committee heard from grounds manager Robert Thurston on Monday about the future of Hutton Moor skate park.

The issue had been brought to councillors’ attention earlier this year and the Mercury reported the hefty price tag to completely revamp the area.

New ramps could cost up to £15,000, which would extend the life of the site by up to four years, while a redesign of the whole park could cost between £50-70,000 for a replacement wooden facility and between £90-120,000 for a concrete skate park.

Mr Thurston said: “We took on some significant work earlier in the year to replace some of the ramp surfaces and made it immediately safe.

“But we wanted to get a view of costs and extent of the work needed to make it last for perhaps a 10-year period.”

He said advice was provided by David Trickey, from Evolution Skateparks, who initially provided the popular park and gave some indication of what would be needed over the next four years.

An idea of refurbishing the ramps and re-using them was raised, combined with an updated tarmac surface, but Mr Thurston advised the committee to get the council’s development officers involved to find out what funding could be attained.

Councillor Peter Crew said: “I think we should look at it and see if there is any funding we could get.”

Cllr Ian Porter added: “I think we should upgrade the site as soon as possible but do not waste money one year with work if we are going to totally upgrade it.”

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