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Townsfolk rally round to save amenity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

The wheels could come off a seaside skatepark unless townsfolk rally round to support a recent rescue package. A plea for help has come from the new management committee battling to keep Sheringham skatepark open.

The wheels could come off a seaside skatepark unless townsfolk rally round to support a recent rescue package.

A plea for help has come from the new management committee battling to keep Sheringham skatepark open.

They hope to give a new lease of life to The Strip and are appealing for donations of materials, builders and for members of the community to come forward and get involved.

Chairman Rob Sayles said: "We've managed to stay open but there are still wolves baying at our door. The ultimatum is: 'get involved or it will be gone by winter'."

The Sheringham Skateboard Club was previously threatened with closure several weeks ago when it could not meet the £650 insurance bill.

It narrowly survived after the town council stepped in to pay the cash, and help in the short term.

But the park needs community help to ensure its longer-term future.

The Strip, next the Splash leisure complex on the Weybourne Road, was set up seven years ago after the town's only skate ramp, at the youth centre, was removed.

It has proved a popular attraction with youngsters, but the wooden equipment - initially funded by a £12,000 Prince's Trust Grant and a further £6,000 in donations - needs to be replaced.

Already the committee has drawn up an exciting list of events it hopes to be able to put on in a bid to get more youngsters involved including a skate-off and a deck designing competition.

Mr Sayles added: "It's critical the kids can have somewhere to go and stay off the streets. Kids must be involved in the community or they'll rebel against it."

Anyone who is interested in helping the management committee should contact Rob Sayles on 07950 650538 or visit the Sheringham Plus shop, Station Road.


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