Villagers unite for skatepark

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 March 2011

Youngsters campaiging for a Skate park in Congresbury, southside with mums  Jo White and Sally Matthews

Youngsters campaiging for a Skate park in Congresbury, southside with mums Jo White and Sally Matthews

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DETERMINED parents and children from Congresbury have joined forces in their quest to build a skatepark in the village.

Residents say the area 
desperately needs the facility and if a suitable green space cannot be found it will be ‘a crying shame’.

The parish council is backing the group of proactive parents and the mission is being championed by mum-of-two, Jo White.

The 38-year-old said her son Charlie, aged 10, who is a BMX and scooter rider, sometimes lugs his own portable ramps around the 
village but these are not as good and can not be carried far.

Jo, of Southside, said: “There is a huge interest in building a skatepark in the village and it 
would be used by hundreds of 
kids.

“Yatton, Wrington and Churchill have skateparks and the 
Government is constantly 
encouraging us to get the children outside and exercise so it really would be fantastic to have one in our village.

“It would mean the children could use it in their own village instead of having to travel to other areas. It would be a crying shame if they couldn’t find an area as Congresbury has so much land – it would be very disappointing.”

Jo, who is a lab technician, and Congresbury Parish Council, have created a working party made up of councillors, schoolchildren and parents.

A feasibility study will now take place in a bid to find suitable locations and possible areas include the Millennium Green and the King George IV playing fields.

A spokesman from the parish council said: “Congresbury has wanted a skatepark for many years, but past and present councils haven’t found a suitable location for it yet. Members are really impressed by the conviction of the youngsters and their parents to get the skatepark project off of the ground.”

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