£100,000 proposals for new skate park

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Proposals for a new £100,000 project to transform a vandalised skate park in Brighouse have been submitted to Calderdale Council.

The project, headed up by the Build a Brighter Brighouse (3B’s) group working in partnership with the council, will see the skate park in Wellholme Park get a much needed uplift after it was badly damaged in an arson attack earlier this month.

The group is hopeful to get the development moving soon and is in the process of applying for grants.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale has already pledged £3,000 to help with some of the groundwork and for new floodlights to be installed.

Mark Yates, chairman of the 3B’s, said the skate park is very well used and will have a positive impact on the park.

“This scheme is very important to us. We are doing our best and spending a big proportion of our time to get it re-established.

“Despite the fire a few weeks ago which saw some of the equipment removed, it is still very well used.”

Plans submitted have stated the existing facilities are reaching the end of their working life, with a number of the items having been removed.

The proposals include creating a new facility constructed of concrete and will be of bespoke design with features being selected by youths who use the park.

Boarders and bike riders have experienced problems with other park users crossing the skate facilities, but to reduce the chances of accidents and injuries occurring a timber fence will be erected. It will also double up as a graffiti board.

Councillor Scott Benton (Brighouse, Con) who has been assisting the 3B’s, said: “As ward councillors we fully support the idea for the new skate park, particularly with what happened with the vandalism.

“There is a lot of support for the project to go ahead.”

Inspector David Shaw, from the Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, is also in full support of the plans to improve the facility.

“The skateboard park and graffiti wall are currently well used by youths within our communities and the upgrade can only enhance its usage,” he said.

“This area will provide a safe haven for the youths within the community, giving them somewhere to go and something to do, which in turn will deter anti-social behaviour.”