Fleet teenager Lewis (13) in skate park bid for village

Lewis Poli (centre) with friends 
Sasha Beresford and Daniel Futter who all want a skate park to be built in Fleet.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Lewis Poli (centre) with friends Sasha Beresford and Daniel Futter who all want a skate park to be built in Fleet. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A teenager from Fleet is behind a bid to have a new skate park built in the village for youngsters.

Lewis Poli (13) has support from friends and fellow students at University Academy Holbeach to get a skate park where bikes, scooters and skates can all be used.

At the moment, I have two plastic ramps that I use and when I put them on the pavements, I have to constantly move them for the public because there’s no room for them to pass

Lewis Poli of Fleet

The first step in the bid was taken at September’s meeting of Fleet Parish Council where Lewis told councillors that there was a lack of activities for youngsters in the village.

Lewis said: “Myself and a few of my friends feel that we could do with a skate park in Fleet because we ride on the roads where a lot of people don’t like us doing tricks on our scooters.

“So we thought it would be beneficial to get a skate park as need some activities in the village for young people.

“At the moment, I have two plastic ramps that I use and when I put them on the pavements, I have to constantly move them for the public because there’s no room for them to pass.

“Because there’s no room in the back garden, I have to leave the ramps at the front of my house where people take advantage by moving them or even dumping them somewhere else in the village.”

Lewis and his friends have offered to help raise money towards the skate park by taking people’s dogs for a walk, helping out at Fleet Hargate Post Office and organising a sponsored bag pack at Tesco Superstore in Holbeach.

“We started thinking about the idea of a skate park for Fleet in January, but we didn’t know when the parish council’s meeting was happening,” Lewis said.

“So when we knew that one was coming up in September, me and another friend stood outside the community centre in Fleet Hargate until the parish council chairman and vice chairman came.

“They hadn’t expected us but we were given up to ten minutes to speak at the start of the meeting and since then, we’ve had six or seven other youngsters who have come forward about the skate park.”

Lewis’s father Nick said: “The children need something in Fleet and Lewis has laid the foundation for people to come on board and help.”

A Fleet Parish Council spokesman said: “It was agreed that this item would be placed on the agenda for the next meeting in November when costings and available grants would be investigated.

“The council was delighted that representatives from the younger members of the community had approached them with something they would like to see in the village and it hopes to be able to assist them.”

Anyone interested in the Fleet skate park project can call Nick Poli on 07729 315391 or Fleet Parish Council on 07548 648502.

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