Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Skaters ramp up support for new Dalton play area facilities

CHILDREN have thrown their weight behind plans for a skate park in Dalton.

BOARD MEETING: Dalton youngsters who have nowhere to use their skateboards – Gregg Brady, Dane Elleray, Anthony English and Finbar Connell JON GRANGER REF: 50010027B005

A concrete skate park could be built as part of a £275,000 project to transform the play area on the site of Dalton Leisure Centre.

Members of Dalton’s skating community have welcomed the news.

Anthony English, 14, along with friends Dane Elleray, 11, Finbar Connell, 12, all from Dalton, and Gregg Brady, 14, of Barrow, regularly skate in the town centre.

Anthony said: “Whenever we skate in the car park, we get moved off by people who live here, because of the noise.

“To get the skate park would be great, because we wouldn’t have to travel all over just to go skating.

“It’s not just skateboarders that will benefit from it. It will be somewhere to go that is out of the public’s way.

“We literally have nowhere to go. We just keep getting kicked off places.

“I hope that if we get the skate park that people will carry on skating. It’s not going to be something we get bored with, either, we’ll be using it for a very long time.

“I can understand the residents’ concerns but we’re not going to be using it at a ridiculous time of night.”

Councillor Barry Doughty, of Dalton Town Council, says there is a desperate need for facilities for young people in the town.

Cllr Doughty said: “We have to find recreational facilities for people of all ages and there is a particular problem with skating in the town.

“People don’t want them skating on pavements or in car parks.

“If there is a skate park, as part of the facility and providing it is managed correctly, it should be win-win for residents and young people alike.

“If there are any objections from residents, they can speak to the young people or, if they wish, they can speak to me or the town council.”

l A public consultation meeting to discuss the plans for the multi use games area and potential skate park will take place in the Drill Hall in Nelson Street, Dalton, on Thursday at 6.30pm.

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