This is an archived press release
Tuesday 26 April 2005
26 April 2005
Skate park on the ramp for Peak District village
Tideswell youngsters should be rolling out their own skate park later this summer after the scheme won planning approval on Friday (April 22).
Peak District National Park Authority planning committee supported plans for the £79,000 park for skateboarding, rollerblading or mountain biking - which was designed with the help of Tideswell young people.
The scheme - to be built on recreational land near Bishop Pursglove Primary School - will be funded by Sports England, the Big Lottery Funds Active England Programme and other agencies, which are also funding a new Youth Engagement Officer for the village.
The idea for a skate park came from the youngsters themselves after Wayne Allsopp, Youth Sports Development Officer for Safer Communities, asked for their help as part of a drive to cut anti-social behaviour.
He said: "I'm delighted the scheme has got the go-ahead, and I'm sure the young people of Tideswell will welcome it too. They highlighted it as one of their needs, and they've been fully involved with the design."
The park, hoped to be completed by the school summer holidays, will have landscaping around a variety of ramps and railed platforms with a noise-reducing surface. Mounds will shield it from nearby houses, and the Youth Engagement Officer will manage and monitor it to guard against anti-social behaviour.
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: "We welcome wholeheartedly the idea of more recreational facilities for young people in rural areas. We were glad to support the skate park after reassurances that the landscaping, management and monitoring of the park would address concerns about noise and security."