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Vision for Swadlincote skate park revealed for first time

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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THIS picture is an artist impression of what a revamp of a popular skate park could look like.

The Safer South Derbyshire partnership unveiled the image following the end of consultations over changes to Swadlincote Skate Park, off Common Road.

Bendcrete Ltd have been chosen to build an extension at the site and it has been revealed that the work is expected to begin in the spring.

The skate 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.

An arson attack in 2012 burnt left many of the walls blackened.

Chris Smith, from the partnership, said: “We were contacted by some youths with concerns about the skate park.

“It is old, damaged and there is no lighting.

“We probably won’t get the same facilities which were opened in Derby last year but we have met with students and found out what the problems are and what they want to see.”

A series of special meeting were held at the start of the 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.

It also saw finalised designs for the site put on display and users urged to offer their thoughts.

The youngsters have said around 20 to 30 people use the skate park every night — more often for scooters and BMXing.

A spokesman for the partnership said: “New lighting with security mesh has now been installed at the skate park to provide light for the young people to continue skating after dark.

“The lighting is set on a timer and will be on between 4pm and 10pm.

“We obtained the funding from Derbyshire County Council to install the new lights.

“We are also working to install a £50,000 refurbishment and extension to the site.

“Consultation has recently taken place with the young people on what they would like on the extension.”

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