Villages get skates on

A MOBILE skate park will call at Huntingdonshire villages once a month. The park fits on a six-foot trailer and will be brought to the villages by four qualified youth workers, provided by Huntingdonshire Youth Service. The park consists of two quarter r

A MOBILE skate park will call at Huntingdonshire villages once a month.

The park fits on a six-foot trailer and will be brought to the villages by four qualified youth workers, provided by Huntingdonshire Youth Service.

The park consists of two quarter ramps, two flat bank ramps, two base boxes and a grind box.

Great Stukeley, Needingworth, Grafham and Little Paxton are piloting the project.


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The skate park will visit each of the villages on a Thursday or Friday evening between 6 and 10pm. The service is free, skaters bring their own boards, and youth workers supply helmets and carry out safety checks.

The first session took place on Thursday, February 9 at Needingworth Village Hall. Steph Webb, youth work manager, said: "It was fantastic to finally put the scheme into practice. Although only five people came to actually skate, many more came to get more information - all very impressive on such a cold night.

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"People who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we expect more people as word gets around and the warmer weather comes in."

The mobile skate park has been brought to villages by the Hunts Youth Service in partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council's Community Safety Partnership.

* A PUBLIC consultation in Huntingdon on street skating for young people in the town was attended by around 60 people.

The Huntingdon Skaters group discussed which site they preferred and why, and the projects they plan to raise funds for the facility. Some 66 per cent of those at the meeting supported a site in Stukeley Meadows.

The young people involved in this project, as well as partner organisations such as Huntingdon Business Against Crime, hope to raise £150,000 for the project.

The young people want lighting and CCTV for safety and a code of conduct to discourage out of hours use and anti-social behaviour.

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