PICTURE: A spectacular skate park dream for Sheringham

These are the spectacular images of a planned �150,000 skate park that could be used by hundreds of young people in Sheringham.

The state-of-the-art design has been three years in the making, and is whetting boarders' appetites as they raise cash to hit the target.

Dedicated volunteers have already raised �55,000 towards the total, and last week made a new breakthrough when Sheringham Town Council agreed to be custodians of the cash.

Now Sheringham Skate Park committee hopes the council's support will create a 'snowball effect' to bring in the remainder of the money in the next 12 months.

The new design is earmarked for the site of the current facility, in front of Splash on Weybourne Road. The existing skate park is in constant need of repair because the wooden ramps rot in wet weather.

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Last week, Sheringham Skate Park chairman Rob Sayles gave a presentation to Sheringham Town Council, asking members to agree to be custodians of the cash in order to help attract grant funds from other organisations.

He said: 'Over the last three years we've been working with the young people to redesign the park. Unfortunately the current one rots.

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'We've spent some time in consultation with the young people. We sent out questionnaires and worked with Sheringham High School to ask what the young people would really want, should it be redeveloped.

'We took it through a tendering process with six companies and held a public exhibition. There was 100pc agreement for this design.'

He added: 'We've raised to date �55,000. We have also put in applications to various organisations, including Sport England and Victory Housing Trust.

'We need to raise the money as soon as we can. There's a maintenance time-bomb up there. We have to spend money on plywood to patch up the skate park. When we do it, we do it with a heavy heart, knowing that we will have to do it again the following year.

'A few of the grant organisations have asked that a council looks after the funds until we need the money.

'We are also looking to seek official charity status later in the year.'

Mr Sayles said fundraising efforts had been hit by the recent recession, and said: 'The design took three years, but the build time is six weeks. The horrible bit that take longer is the fundraising.

'We are hoping this will create a snowball effect. I think it could take us another year to raise the rest of the money.'

The council agreed unanimously to support the project and to look after the funds.

Peter Cox said it was 'common practice' in such situations, and proposed that the council supported the request.

David Gooch said: 'I went to the public exhibition and it was brilliant. If they've got somewhere they can use, they don't cause problems. I think it's an extremely worthwhile project.'

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