Youngsters’ skatepark boost

Youngsters in Holbeach meet with county councillor Nick Worth for talks about a new skatepark in the town.
Youngsters in Holbeach meet with county councillor Nick Worth for talks about a new skatepark in the town.

Youngsters wanting a new skatepark to be built in Holbeach have been given a huge boost by parish councillors after they backed the project.

A group of eight youngsters went to a council meeting on Monday to convince councillors of the need for a skatepark in Holbeach after a skateboard ramp in Carter’s Park fell into disrepair and eventually collapsed.

Councillors voted unanimously to support the project in principle, although details of the exact location and nature of the skatepark still need to be worked out.

One of the youngsters at the meeting, Kyle Barnes (14), said: “We’ve been trying to get a skatepark (in Holbeach) for the last year and a half because the nearest skatepark is in Spalding.

“To get there, we have to ride on the main road that goes through Whaplode and Moulton and that’s not easy because traffic is quite dangerous.

“We’d like the skatepark as well because it’s something to keep us fit and about 30 to 40 people are interested in getting it.”

Kyle impressed councillors when he added that about £1,500 had been raised towards it so far, with help from parents, businesses, University Academy Holbeach and county councillor Nick Worth who is working closely with the youngsters to make their ambition of a skatepark in Holbeach a reality.

Coun Worth said: “I was surprised that the parish councillors were so positive about the skatepark but it helped that the youngsters came forward themselves because it was a big thing for them to speak in front of a parish council meeting.

“What’s important now is to give the youngsters a focus and something to do. The best way is for them to come forward with some designs of what they want. Then we can probably start buying a few of the objects they ask for.”

University Academy Holbeach principal Steve Baragwanath, who was also at the meeting, said: “I was very pleased with the reaction of the councillors who listened to the youngsters and were very keen to support them.

“The unanimous vote speaks volumes for the councillors who have shown their committment to the youngsters of Holbeach.”