Work under way to build Higham Ferrers skatepark

Ryan Ward from Mick George, Cllr George Whiting and deputy leader of East Northants Council Cllr Glenn Harwood
Ryan Ward from Mick George, Cllr George Whiting and deputy leader of East Northants Council Cllr Glenn Harwood
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Work on a new £70,000 skatepark for youngsters in Higham Ferrers has started.

The project was first suggested about three years ago after youths were found often skateboarding in the town’s Saffron Road car park.

Higham Ferrers Town Council has been working on the project ever since. Grants totalling £70,000 from the Mick George Community Fund and East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund mean it can now become a reality.

Town mayor George Whiting performed the turf-cutting ceremony at Saffron Road Recreation Ground with representatives from Mick George as well as members of the district and town councils.

Cllr Whiting said: “It will be fantastic when it’s finished.

“The idea of a skatepark started off when my wife, who is on the council, was walking up Saffron Road and there were some children making their own ramps. She went up to them and said what are you doing, and they said can you get us one?

“So she got it in her head to do what she could to support the kids because they are the future of this place.

“It got the backing of the town council and we had some issues to overcome, but the police were very supportive of it.”

The mayor’s wife, Cllr Pam Whiting, has been working with pupils from The Ferrers School to get their ideas on what they wanted, and he added: “They have contributed a great deal.”

It is hoped the skatepark will be finished by early March and the town council will have an official opening later this year.