Campaign launched as Cromer youngsters prepare for skatepark protest this evening

Dozens of fed-up Cromer youngsters are set to descend on Cromer Town Council this evening to demand an end to a 30-year impasse over developing a skatepark in the town.

The move comes as North Norfolk Labour Party launches a 'skate it Cromer' campaign, with party member and town mayor Greg Hayman pledging to join the youngsters at the protest at North Lodge Park.

In recent weeks, a host of young people have set up a temporary park of their own at the former Kiddies' Corner play area at North Lodge Park.

They are hoping to stir the town council and North Norfolk District Council - which owns the site - into action to deliver something permanent.

The move appears to have paid dividends already, with Mr Hayman and fellow town councillor Scott Eastwood leading the campaign that supports their cause.

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The pair have agreed to look at ways of funding the facility, and are calling on the town, district and county councils to 'provide the necessary funds', looking at finding matched funding from other bodies.

Mr Eastwood said: 'For too long the young people of Cromer have had poor recreational facilities. Other towns like North Walsham and Sheringham have got skateparks, so why should Cromer youth always be the poor relation?

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'I urge my Cromer Town Council colleagues to get behind this campaign and do something for our young people.'

Mr Hayman said: 'We should get our skates on for the sake of the youth of Cromer. It's about time we put our money where our mouths are and got on with getting a skatepark here in Cromer.'

Mr Eastwood added: 'As a youth worker, I know only too well the importance young people attach to facilities like this. Youth provision is seriously lacking in Cromer and we will work with the young people to make this a reality.'

He said they group favoured something on the parade ground area or in Suffield Park.

? See our websites later and tomorrow's papers for coverage of this evening's protest.

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