Kessingland stake park begins to take shape

Teenagers in a north Suffolk village are a step closer to getting their own skateboard park after they were given vital support by parish councillors.

Young people in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, have been running a campaign to get a skateboard park built for them as there as little for them to do in the village.

On Wednesday night the village's teenagers' wish to have their own skate and BMX park were given a significant boost after Kessingland Parish Council passed a resolution saying it supported the calls for the park.

The resolution, which was passed by a majority vote, follows a play and activity survey by Waveney District Council which revealed Kessingland's facilities for 13-to-18-year-olds was below the district average

Due to the lack of facilities, youngsters have to travel to other communities, such as Lowestoft and Beccles, to enjoy skateboarding or BMXing.

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Wednesday's council resolution said: 'In the light of the report prepared by Waveney District Council's play development officer... Kessingland Parish Council fully support the recommended priorities outlined in that report in relation to play development provision for teenagers in Kessingland... in particular the request from the teenagers of Kessingland to provide skate park facilities for them in Kessingland.'

The parish council is now organising a public meeting to discuss the skateboard park plans.

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A time and venue for the meeting is to be confirmed.

If land can be found for a park the council's play and open space development manager, Chris Ames, could ask the Big Lottery Fund for up to �80,000 to build a park there.

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