A long-awaited skatepark facility is set to take off, after an exciting 24 hours saw two big cash boosts to push it over the funding finish line.

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Sheringham Skatepark has hit its £150,000 redevelopment target, thanks to a £20,000 North Norfolk District Council grant on Monday and Tuesday’s £50,000 Sport England handout.

The two grants mean the eye-catching design will take shape in place of the current skatepark in front of Splash on Weybourne Road.

Rob Sayles, committee chairman, said: “It’s going to be a great year for skating, BMXing, stunt bikes, and extreme sports - there’ll be a huge launch party and lots of events to follow up with. We’ve proved that it can be done with hard work and a little patience.”

He added: “Huge thanks go to all our funders for their commitment to our community, including Community Spaces, Sport England, North Norfolk District Council, Big Society, Sheringham Town Council, Victory Housing, the Geoffrey Watling and Paul Bassham Trusts, and Upcher and Norfolk Community Foundations.

“I’d also like to thank NNDC’s Rhodri Oliver, Richard Shepherd, Karl Read, Paul Ingham, numerous other district councillors, mayor Smith and all the Sheringham Town Council staff, and our committee (especially Caz, Rosie, Rach, Jazz, Sam, and Louis), along with our local young people.”

The new park facility will be used by hundreds of young people, and is a custom design by Maverick Industries that features a concrete bowl, ramps, plaza, driveway, and the world-unique skateable boat HMS Gnar.

It will be the culmination of eight years of hard work.

Mr Sayles said: “Once complete, we plan to run regular public events, skate jams, and sport training programmes. We’re hoping a sustainability grant will help organise training, introductory and engagement events, as well as ‘come-and-try-it’ days.”

At Monday’s NNDC cabinet, it was agreed unanimously to make the £20,000 grant to Sheringham Skatepark.

The money will come from the £1.34m that Tesco has given to the council in lieu of the demolition of Lockerbie Flats on Cromer Road - which will make space for its controversial Sheringham store.

Last month, the council caused dismay in the town when it was handing out money from its Big Society Fund.

Members reduced a £30,000 grant application from Sheringham Skatepark, and instead opted to give £10,000 each for skateparks in Cromer, Sheringham and Wells.

At Monday’s meeting, cabinet member Wyndham Northam said: “We’ve been wondering how we can offer more help. The Lockerbie Flats money is capital money, and the skatepark is a capital project.”

Speaking on Tuesday, Sheringham district councillor Richard Smith said: “This funding is a welcome boost for the project and I am glad the council has seen sense to listen to people’s views and award the full £30,000. This will be an excellent facility for young people in Sheringham.”

22 comments

  • @bookworm - thanks for your eloquent and articulate point of view

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    Rob Sayles

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • This is fantastic news for the Sheringham Skate Project, who have worked tirelessly for 8 years to secure funds for the revamp. It's a facility that will massively benefit the young people of our community (who don't get much support these days). @Callum - Cllr Oliver has been a huge help to our project, I utterly disagree with your statement @DoubleBill - ask NNDC for clarity on their previous decisions, no arm twisting from us @euromeltdown - NNDC have chosen to grant a very small amount of their fund to our project; again, they should be able to provide you answers to your queries Rob Sayles, Chairman of the Sheringham Skate Project

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    Rob Sayles

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Money well spent on those who are never listened to and have no say in their future at present. A guilty feeling on behalf of a major retailer, or a clever bid to secure future customers?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, July 16, 2012

  • Bookworm needs to get his head out of whatever bizarre books he is reading and into reality.

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    Jonny Boggis

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • but why didnt the councils big society fund provide this money in the first place ? why did the councils arms have to be twisted ?

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    Double Bill

    Monday, July 16, 2012

  • @callum ....leave the vendettas for another place. Politically immature

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    nr26

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • thanks rob didnt mean the arm twisting had come from you just pressure from the public who rightly felt they should have given the full amount

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • @callum ....leave the vendettas for another place. Politically immature

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    nr26

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Not sure many affordable homes you could have built for 20k. As for bookworm - I don't think anyone anywhere has a more negative view on everything. Just saying.

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    Chris Booty

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • @bookworm. I presume when you need taxpayers money to enjoy life you'll be turning it down? Perhaps share some of your taxpayer free childhood happy memories, I for one would love to hear them. The trouble with opinions is they are like backsides, everybody's got one.

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    Gary Dickenson

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Really good news for Sheringham. @bookworm, yobbish behaviour is caused when kids aren't given the facilities for counstructive recreation. Any outdoor, physical sports facility should be encouraged ...well done Rob and team.

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    nr26

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • what a waste of money.

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    bookworm

    Monday, July 16, 2012

  • why isn't it spent building more affordable and social housing that is lost? this would be a bolder move for the council.

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    euromeltdown

    Monday, July 16, 2012

  • @nr26 - Nothing politically immature in what Callum says; he is stating facts. Rhodri has appalling attendance at Council meetings, the place he should be speaking in support of his electorate. He doesn't BUT still receives his monthly payments as a Councillor. All facts.

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    Wandering Crab

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Rob, Congratulations on your success. It really is great news for Sheringham and its young people. If you want to disagree with my statement that is fine, I am not questioning his help for the project, just his dismal attendance record at NNDC - which at last count was the worst of all 48 councillors.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • most people think the same as me--mr sarky. total waste of taxpayers cash.better to mend the roads.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • @ daipp...You have missed the Fact, that Rhodri has been speaking in support of the people who elected him, and in doing so has help to raise a much needed 20k for the skate park in Sheringham. I do however agree with nr26, callum ....leave the vendettas for another place

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    Hugh

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Rob, Whilst I agree with you to some extent on that, he is paid very handsomely in allowances to attend these meetings on behalf of his electorate. Anyway though, I shall not let that detract on the the good news this is for the town and politics aside, well done to all involved.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Thanks Callum - I'd like to think it's the quality rather than quantity of meetings & work that really make a councillor worth their salt :)

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    Rob Sayles

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • adults getting excited over this?a novelty and pandering to yob culture.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • The biggest shock is that Rhodri Oliver actually attended a meeting for a change. Worst value councillor in the district.

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    Callum Ringer

    Monday, July 16, 2012

  • hope this man does not get another project going using taxpayers cash.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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