By STEVE DOWNES
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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.
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.”