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Teen’s skate park dream for Holt
3:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A group of Holt teenagers are campaigning for a village skate park after getting tired of complaints from residents when they try to practice.
Robbie Blundell, 15, of Melksham Road, who began skateboarding when he moved to Holt two years ago from Bath, saw there was a lack of space to practice.
He started up a Facebook page last year, to raise awareness of the need, and has a petition already has 100 signatures.
Other skateboarders and scooter and BMX riders have joined Robbie in the campaign and took the petition around the village.
Robbie said: “We would like to gain more support. We get complaints from residents.
“People don’t come out – they call the police. The police approach us and tell us to move on. A dedicated area would solve the issues.”
The St Laurence pupil and his supporters hope to have a skate park on the playing field and have researched small designs that will have minimal impact on residents.
He said: “To make it suitable for everyone, not just skateboarders, it would need a half pipe and lights, bringing it up to £40,000.
“Skateboarding is one of my favourite hobbies and it is a very social activity. It would be good because there is a lot of BMXs and scooters too, so it will benefit a lot of people.”
Nico Clarke, 15, of Beales Barton, said: “We have had positive feedback from the petition. Most people have agreed to sign it.”
Robbie emailed Wiltshire Council about his project, wanting to present design plans to councillors.
But the council has since advised him to take his ideas to the Area Board.
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