UPDATE: Committee formed and �100,000 target set as Cromer skatepark campaign gathers pace

A committee has been formed and a tough fundraising target set as campaigners bid to build on the breakthrough news that a site has been earmarked for a skatepark in Cromer.

A location next to the zip wire on The Meadow in the town was identified as the ideal place for the facility during a meeting at North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) Holt Road headquarters last Thursday.

And NNDC, which is licence-holder of the site, said it was prepared to transfer its ownership if the campaigners formed a 'properly-constituted organisation'.

On Monday, the campaigners responded to the news by holding a meeting at Cromer Parish Hall, where Andrew Harrison-Robertshaw was elected chairman, Phoebe Gee vice chairman, Penny Gee secretary and Jill Al-yagoub treasurer.

A clutch of parents, youth workers, councillors and young people completed the committee - and the campaigners said their target was to raise �100,000 by October 31.

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The meeting also heard from Tony Shipp, Cromer Carnival chairman, who said the carnival committee would pay the �204 for the planning application for a skatepark at The Meadow.

And skatepark committee secretary Mrs Gee offered to pay �358 for eight enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks for committee members.

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Mr Harrison-Robertshaw said he was 'overwhelmed' at the response, and said a car boot sale stall would be set up at East Runton FC on Saturday May 5, with a barbecue lunch taking place at the unofficial skatepark at North Lodge Park on Monday May 7 - with proceeds from both events going to the fund.

At last Thursday's meeting, NNDC agreed to allow the youngsters to continue to use the temporary skatepark until work began on improvements planned for the park in early summer - including a new children's play area and an all-age gym on the site.

An NNDC spokesman said the council had pledged to look at 'other temporary locations' for the skatepark to tide the youngsters over while they raised money to build the facility on The Meadow.

The spokesman added: 'NNDC is prepared to consider transferring ownership of a site to a legally constituted organisation, provide the campaigners with further information about how they might prepare a planning application, how they might set about fund raising and with contact details of other groups which have experience of successfully creating skateparks in the area.'

John Lee, NNDC deputy leader and cabinet member for tourism, leisure and cultural services, said, 'Following our cabinet meeting, we promised we would enter into dialogue.

'We are pleased to have had such a positive meeting with the skatepark campaigners. The council is committed to helping them achieve their aspirations.'

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