Cromer skate park is one step closer thanks to £50,000 boost

Fourteen-year-old Adam Spruce with fellow Cromer Skate Park junior committee members (back, from lef

Fourteen-year-old Adam Spruce with fellow Cromer Skate Park junior committee members (back, from left): Ieuan Lightfoot, Ernie Deneve and Nyall Brown, who visited East Runton village hall to collect a £200 cheque from the over 60s Extend exercise group. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Youngsters on skateboards, bikes and scooters are one step closer to having their own skate park in Cromer — thanks to a £50,000 pledge from Sport England.

East Runton Extend exercise group member Norma Vaughan with Cromer Skate Park junior committee membe

East Runton Extend exercise group member Norma Vaughan with Cromer Skate Park junior committee members Ernie Deneve, 14, and Adam Spruce, 14, and (back, from left): Ieuan Lightfoot, 14. Skate Park committee member Jean Spruce, Extend group member Gerry Staynes and Nyall Brown, 15. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

The lottery cash will bring the total raised to £75,000, half of the £150,000 needed to kick-start the building.

'We're absolutely thrilled,' said Cromer town councillor Cat Plewman, 'The youngsters are so pleased — they have been so committed for such a long period of time.

'It opens the door to other grants and makes it feel achievable.'

And, with this news, the registered charity has announced a fundraising drive to secure the rest of the money.


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Huw Parker, who has been helping to publicise the skate park, said after achieving charitable status last year, the next stage was to collect the remaining money.

He added: 'If all goes well we hope to start building within the next calendar year.

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'Once you can get the money in the bank, it makes the chance of receiving bigger donations more likely.'

He said it was important to maintain a sense of urgency about fundraising, as some of the youngsters would be leaving school soon and moving on elsewhere.

Ms Plewman said: 'Everyone has been working really hard already but we will continue to expand the fundraising.'

Plans for a permanent skate park in Cromer have been in the pipeline for more than 20 years and planning permission for a park at The Meadow was granted last year.

A temporary skate park was built at North Lodge Park but this was abandoned in order to focus efforts on finding a permanent site.

A donation from East Runton Extend exercise group has now added £200 to their total.

A Sport England spokesman said: 'We're pleased to have awarded £50,000 from our Inspired Facilities fund towards the building of Cromer Skate Park. This fund helps provide good, local sports facilities across the country and it's great Cromer is the latest town to benefit.'

The first of this year's fundraising initiatives, a charity ball, will take place at Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel on March 22.

Tickets are £35 per person available until March 7 and include a three-course meal with coffee.

Entertainment will be provided by Steve Jolly, of Sound Stage Systems, who will play music from the 1950s to present day.

Dress is black tie and guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.45pm.

An information pack with details on how to order tickets is available from www.cromerskatepark.co.uk or by calling 01263 511724.

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