Hopes mounting for village skate park

PUBLISHED: 04:51 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:59 24 May 2010

PLANS to build a skate and BMX park in Cheddar could be completed in 18 months after the parish council gave its support. Teenagers want a park and youth shelter on fields off Sharpham Road - a site partially owned by the parish council. Junior members of

PLANS to build a skate and BMX park in Cheddar could be completed in 18 months after the parish council gave its support.Teenagers want a park and youth shelter on fields off Sharpham Road - a site partially owned by the parish council.Junior members of the village's Local Action Team (LAT) have raised £5,000 of the £60,000 needed and gained sponsorship for the materials to build the park.There has been a 15-year campaign for a skate park in Cheddar.Parish councillors lent their support to the plans and are investigating whether the site is suitable for the skate park. LAT leader Nikki Thorne said if everything went to plan the park could be finished in 18 months.She said: "This is the closest we've ever been to having a skate park in the village. Lots of people have given up on this issue as it has been rumbling on for so many years."Having the support of the parish council is a huge bonus and we hope everything goes to plan so we can have a skate park."Junior members are holding a family quiz night, bag packing in supermarkets and garden centres and doing a sponsored walk to raise money.Parish council chairman Peter Lythgoe said: "We support the principle of having a skate park in Cheddar."We would also like to support having the site in Sharpham Road if we can, but there's a number of issues that we have to look into first.

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