Higham Ferrers skateboard plans have lift off

Higham Ferrers Town Council has been given two grants of �35,000 each towards building a skateboard park in Saffron Road recreation ground
Higham Ferrers Town Council has been given two grants of �35,000 each towards building a skateboard park in Saffron Road recreation ground

Plans for a skateboard park in Higham Ferrers have been given the go-ahead after the project received a massive cash boost.

The town council has been given two grants of £35,000 each towards building a skateboard park in Saffron Road recreation ground.

The grants came from the Mick George Community Fund and East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund.

Councillor Pam Whiting has been a driving force behind the plans.

She said: “I have been keen to see the council get the skateboard project under way since first being approached by the police three years ago as youths were using the Saffron Road car park as a ramp.

“It has been a long process including involvement of the young people in the design and ensuring that all legal requirements were met before we could apply for funding.

“Our town clerk has carried out this work and put together very good funding applications, which I am delighted to say have been successful.

“Thanks must go to the schools, where pupils have written letters of support for the project, members of the public for their support and especially those who have provided the funding so that, hopefully, we can now press forward as soon as possible with the project and give the youth of the town a much needed facility.”

Mick George’s finance director Jon Stump explained how the firm got involved.

He, said: “The involvement of the town’s young people in the skatepark’s design and the extent of community support for this project are very impressive.

“We are therefore very pleased to be supporting this exciting project with a large grant from our community fund.”

Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council was pleased with the news.

He added: “As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central Government to help develop projects such as this one at Higham Ferrers.

“The skate park will provide a much needed facility for young people as somewhere to be with their friends and to keep fit and healthy.”