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Areas of skatepark out of bounds as revamp starts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

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WORK costing thousands of pounds will begin this week to make major improvements to Swadlincote skatepark.

The £50,000 refurbishment of the skatepark, off Common Road, is due to take around six weeks.

During the refurbishment parts of the skatepark will be out of use.

A spokesman for The South Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, which is involved with the plans, said: “Please bear with us during this time.

“Work should be completed for the summer period when skaters will be able to make the most of the long summer days to try out the new street section.”

An old skate park area will also have repairs made to improve the quality for users.

The work will be carried out by Bendcrete who have started delivering materials, such as steel, to the site last week.

Earlier this year an artists impression of how the skatepark would look was revealed. It included an extension of the site.

Chris Smith, from the partnership, said the decision to revamp the park was made as a result of concerns from youths about the skate park, who said it was ‘old, damaged and there was no lighting.’

A series of special meetings were held at the start of this year where skate park users were able to showcase their designs and ideas, with other users asked to share their thoughts on how to improve the area.

New lighting with security mesh has now been installed at the skate park so that young people can continue to skate after dark.

The park was given the go-ahead back in 2003 after an eight year wait.

It was built on waste ground after a £10,000 donation from The South Derbyshire Crime and Disorder Partnership and £60,000 donated by the South Derbyshire District Council from a community money pot.

In 2012 it was subject to an arson attack which left the some of the walls blackened.

Around 20 to 30 people use the skatepark every night, mostly for scooters and BMXing.

Work was due to start on Thursday but a delay means it will now begin tomorrow.

If completed on time the new look park will be revealed in June.

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