New skateboard plans for town

CELIA WIGG A new skateboard park could be relocated closer to the centre of Diss in a bid to encourage greater use.

CELIA WIGG

A new skateboard park could be relocated closer to the centre of Diss in a bid to encourage greater use.

There were celebrations when the facility, which cost in the region of £80,000, was officially opened in August 2005.

It was provided by the town council following a long-running campaign by local youngsters who had nowhere to pursue the sport, and created a hazard by skating along pavements and through the streets.

Also designed for BMX riders, the park was built next to the Shelfanger Road sports ground, to the north of Diss, following consultations with young enthusiasts and their supporters who approved the site.

However, town councillors fear the skate park is no longer used, mainly because it is too remote.

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They are therefore looking at various options - the first being to get in touch with Morrisons grocery chain, which has a store in Victoria Road, next to the main shopping centre, to see whether the company would be willing to provide some land to re-site the skate park.

Town mayor, Brian Clark-Taylor, said: “It is disappointing, and we are looking more closely at what can be done. It is not summer yet, and the remote location is a debateable point. We are looking at any options.”

These include the possibility of setting up a club or management committee to run the skate park.