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Committee is determined to build new skate park in Beccles

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 August 2016

Jacob Pink and Ashley Lever at the current Beccles Skatepark. There is an ongoing campaign to raise funds to build a new facility. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Jacob Pink and Ashley Lever at the current Beccles Skatepark. There is an ongoing campaign to raise funds to build a new facility. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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The committee working to build a new skate park in Beccles have vowed to keep up momentum on the campaign.

A skate fete was recently held at the current park on Beccles Common, which raised another £700 towards the new facilities.

And the committee has said it shows just how much the community is behind the project.

Ash Lever of Smash Skates said: “We had over 200 people turn out for it and it just shows how many people there are in the community who support it.”

The committee is looking at applying for funding from the likes of Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund to secure enough money to build the new facilities - which are likely to cost around £150,000.

The money will replace the wooden skate park in Common Lane with a modern concrete park.

The committee have also been approached by local businesses and charities offering to support the scheme by providing extra facilities like benches and bins.

“The money is out there,” said Mr Lever. “It’s just finding it, and they do want to see that we’ve got the support of the local council and the local community - which we do.

“We’ve been really overwhelmed by the support we’ve had.”

And it is that support that has made the committee determined to see the project through.

Committee chairman Nik Rose said: “We’re not going to stop, we want to keep the momentum going. We’re still fighting for this and we’re still determined to make it happen.

“I wouldn’t have started this if I wasn’t going to follow it through.”

Are you trying to improve facilities in Beccles? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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