Centre’s ramp is demolished

Derren Tew, left, and Walter Brittan remove the old skate ramp in preparation for the new play area at Keystone Escape Youth Centre

Derren Tew, left, and Walter Brittan remove the old skate ramp in preparation for the new play area at Keystone Escape Youth Centre

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A WEATHERED and rotten skate ramp has been torn down as part of a project to refurbish a county youth centre.

Bulldozers were called in to Keystone Escape Youth Centre in Rockingham Road, Kettering, yesterday to dismantle the ramp and make way for a brand new play area.

The work is the latest step in the centre’s Fit for the Future project, which aims to make the building more eco-friendly and accessible to a wider range of youngsters.

Keystone trustee and project manager Dave Lane said: “Whilst the old skate ramp is a part of Keystone’s history, it’s worn out and had to go.

“In its place we are to create the most wonderful adventure play space for lots more young people.

“The removal of the ramp marks a real turning point for Keystone and will clearly show we are moving forward with our exciting plans.”

Mr Lane also thanked county company JD Excavations, which volunteered to demolish the ramp for free.

In preparation for building the adventure play area, Mr Lane and other trustees have been talking to local school children this week about what they would like to see.

Eight-year-old Nina Lloyd, who goes to Brambleside Primary School, said: “We’ve been asked what sort of things we’d like to see at Keystone and spent a whole day making models and pictures.

“They said they’d use some of the ideas to make Keystone better for more kids like us.”