Skatepark launched with £10,000

PUBLISHED: 07:04 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

TEENAGERS campaigning for a skatepark to be built in a North Somerset village have been given £10,000. Yatton Parish Council handed over the money to kick-start the project after 13-year-old Josh Hughes and Jake Ormond knocked on doors in the village to t

TEENAGERS campaigning for a skatepark to be built in a North Somerset village have been given £10,000.Yatton Parish Council handed over the money to kick-start the project after 13-year-old Josh Hughes and Jake Ormond knocked on doors in the village to try to find supporters for the idea.They believe a park is long overdue and say they have collected nearly 145 signatures from residents of all ages.The pair presented their findings to the council, as well as plans for what sort of park could be built.Josh said: "People of all ages signed the petition, from lots of young people to pensioners as well."Most people thought it was long overdue because there are a lot of people who like to skate in the village."Jake and I and a few other people are really willing to take part in any fund-raising."At a meeting of the council's amenities and properties committee, councillors said they were impressed with the presentation and granted the money to help get the project started.Josh and Jake are being supported by their friends and parents, and the group will be looking for more grants from other funding organisations and doing some fund-raising of their own.They want to create the park near Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road. Councillors have also decided to give the BMX track near the pavilion a much-needed revamp.Councillor Faith Moulin said: "The decision to renovate the BMX track came after a 15-year-old from Stowey Road offered to dip into his own pocket to fix it.

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