Council gives nod to skate park funding

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Erewash Borough Council will pay £43,650 towards a new skate park in Kirk Hallam.

Councillor Mike Wallis moved a motion for the council to contribute £30,000 towards the £100,000 cost of the facility when members of the Tory led council met at Ilkeston Town Hall.

This will mean the total put forward by the council will be £43,650 with £13,650 having already been allocated.

Councillor Wallis said the skatepark would create diversionary activities for young people.

He said: “There has been a significant reduction in community funding which means alternative funds need to be sought. One of the key issues is that the council should match funds.”

The skatepark plans have been in the pipeline since 2010. A half pipe that used to be located in Windale Drive was removed because of anti-social behaviour.

He said: “As part of a consultation it was taken out in 2010. It was going to be replaced but the EU changed its regulations about play areas so we had to do away with it.

Since then we have done a lot of consultations with residents and groups about the type of facility they want there .

“The council feels it can afford to match fund the project and work with groups to get external funding. “

He said work starting would depend on how quickly people want to respond.

“The total cost of the project will be in the region of £100,000 and the borough council will look forward to working with local groups and organisations in helping them raise monies to achieve a successful outcome”.