Kessingland charity leaders retire prompting renewed interest in skate park plan campaign

Campaigners battling to get a skate park for Kessingland, near Lowestoft, have been given a boost after the charity which has rebuffed their plans saw all of its executive committee members retire.

Today saw the five senior committee members of the Kessingland Sports and Social Club (KSSC) stand down from their roles at the group's annual meeting.

Chairman Valerie Burton is stepping down as she said Kessingland Parish Council wanted to impose its views on the way KSSC runs the Francis Road playing field, which is where campaigners hope a skate park can be set up.

The KSSC has the lease for the playing field and has turned down a request for a park to be created on the site, which is owned by the pro-skate park parish council.

KSSC members say the parish council has no right to ask for a representative to sit on its management committee, made up of groups who use the social club and its playing field.

Today's decision clears the way for pro-park campaigners to advance their the plans as Alan Bagley, a staunch supporter of the calls for the new facilities for youngsters, was voted in as an interim chairman.

The meeting was adjourned so other people can put their names forward for the executive committee.

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Today's meeting heard the KSSC made more than �2,500 last year and had �16,700 of funds available.

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