VIDEO: Demolition work begins at Desborough skatepark

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The chairman of a town’s youth group has spoken of her anger as demolition work begins at a skate park, and has called the developments ‘almost evil.’

Demolition work began on Tuesday morning (July 2) at the skate park in Desborough at the order of Kettering Borough Council, despite local residents voicing their anger at the plans.

Skate Park:Desborough: Desborough Skate Park being demolished by Kettering Borough Council staff. 'Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Skate Park:Desborough: Desborough Skate Park being demolished by Kettering Borough Council staff. 'Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Belinda Humfrey, who chairs the Desborough Youth Action Group, said she had been told about the demolition work by someone living near the site.

She added: “A lot of community work and goodwill will be lost as a result of this.

“I think it is almost evil that they have chosen to demolish the site while the trustees are at work and the children are at school.

“We were very close to being able to repair the surface wear and tear.”

She said the group had been planning to send a petition to 10 Downing Street to rescue the skate park.

However, the council, which owns the land on which the skatepark is situated, at The Hawthorns next to the old leisure centre, said the facility posed a serious risk to users.

It had previously given a deadline of June 21 for the skatepark to be demolished - unless the youth action group to cleared the skate park itself.

In a previous statement, a spokesman for the council said: “ROSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) advised last October that the risk of serious accident was high and in their most recent report on June 14, informed the council that the skate park should not continue to be used, and that it was beyond repair and was at the end of its useful life.”

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering council, previously told the Telegraph: “The council has written to the Desborough Youth Action Group explaining that the skate park cannot remain in place.

“We have tolerated the management of the site in the hope that matters would improve, but we do not want children to be at risk and we are sure that the trustees and their insurers don’t want this either.

“It is disappointing, as the hope was that the facility would be safe to use until September when it was due to close.”