Bids for new skate park

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BRIGHOUSE could be in line for a new skateboard park if bids for funding are successful.

Members of the 3Bs, working alongside the Friends of Wellholme Park, hope initially to receive a grant for £25,000 to carry out improvements at the popular park in Bradford Road.

The grant, which is available through Diamond Jubilee funding, could lead to a further cash input of around £100,000 which members would like to see spent on a new skate park replacing the existing facilities.

Since the skate park opened in Wellholme 12 years ago it has proved a popular attraction and competitions have been held bringing in people from a wide area.

Coun Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse), who helped raise cash for the existing skate park, said young people in the area were keen to see a new skateboard park.

“It is very well used but is now in need of improvements. The police and other organisations are keen to see it continue,” said Coun Stout.

He said he would look at other sources of funding and let members know the outcome.

Residents at Whinney Hill Park and Smith House were keen to have skateboard facilities but Coun Stout said if the existing site in Wellholme was improved it would be available to everyone in the area.

If the first grant application is successful the 3Bs would like to see cash spent on improvements at the picnic area at the Thornhill Beck end of the park, painting gates and other features in the park, providing flood lighting at the bowling greens and maybe providing a bandstand. Improvement work will start on June 15 and 16 when members of the 3Bs meet in the park to paint gates at the Bradford Road entrance to the park.

Mr Brian Mansfield said if initial improvements were carried out in the park, backed by the 3Bs it would help support the second application for further cash.

Green Flag judging at Wellholme Park is due to take place on June 19.