Brighouse could be set for a new skate park after Calderdale Council placed it in the hands of the people.
The Community group ‘Build a Better Brighouse’ (BBB) will now take over the skate park at Wellholme Park on a 25-year-lease with nominal rent.
The skate park was built in the 1990s but has fallen into disrepair.
So much so that it can no longer host its annual Wheelsfest competition which attracted skaters from across the borough.
Calderdale council’s cabinet held a meeting at Halifax Town Hall where the issue was discussed along with a similar plan for a skate park in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.
Councillors heard that an extensive consultation process had been carried out and there are several options for the park.
However, a report submitted to councillors said:
“The council has no budget to carry out this work and external funding is only available to community groups.”
Therefore the council has been keen to see a community group like BBB come onboard and take over the running of the park.
The group is working with a group of young people and the council to put together a funding application that will result in refurbishment of the existing skate park or creation of a new area elsewhere in Wellholme Park.
Cabinet was unanimous in its decision to approve the 25-year-lease which fits the council’s wider agenda of empowering local communities.
The first action now the leases have been granted will be further consultation between BBB and the general public to work out what plans best suit everyone’s needs.