Youngsters say yes to proposed skatepark plans

Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001 ANL-150604-132348001
Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001 ANL-150604-132348001

Hundreds of young people are in favour of a skatepark being built in Bourne, according to a survey.

The Dimension Skatepark committee asked pupils from schools around the town whether they would want a skatepark. A total of 752 young people completed the survey, with more than 80 per cent saying they would be in favour.

The survey also showed that a park would appeal to a range of users. Pupils were invited to say which sports they would use the park for. Sixteen per cent said skateboarding, 35 per cent said scootering, 20 per cent said skating, 24 per cent said BMXing and five per cent said other sports.

More than 70 per cent of respondents said they would help with the running of the skatepark should it be built.

A statement on the group’s Facebook page said: “This is really valuable information which we can use to support the planning application.”

A small team including skaters, members of Bourne Town Council and the police have been working behind the scenes on the Dimension Skatepark project for months.

They have secured a site thanks to Bourne United Charities, which has offered an area on the Abbey Lawns. And a design has been drawn up by Wheelscape Skateparks.

The existing committee has sought ideas from young people in Bourne and has pre-planning advice from South Kesteven District Council.

Next steps include consultation with neighbouring residents, choosing a developer and securing planning permission. The final step would be to raise £150,000 with the aim of starting to build in the summer.

If you would like to help, visit www.dimensionskatepark.org.uk.