Civic chiefs to back campaign to replace noisy skatepark in New Forest

Bournemouth Echo: - -

CIVIC chiefs are poised to back a campaign to replace a noisy and outdated skatepark, pictured, in a New Forest town.

Lymington councillors are set to approve proposals to donate £20,000 towards building a new skateboard facility at Woodside Park in the town.

It follows the launch of a new group called Skate Lymington, which is calling for the existing amenity to be upgraded. The group has an overall total so far of £20,500, including the council donation.

Their final target of £200,000 will be raised through grants and fundraisers in the coming year.

Skateboarder Matt Totczyk, 23, told the council’s amenities committee: “Woodside is now old and outdated.

“Rust holes are starting to appear, the ramps are coming apart from the ground and the floor of the park is so rough it’s quite unpleasant to ride.

“The council has fixed these problems each time they present themselves, but they keep coming back.”

Mr Totczyk said metal skateparks were ‘generally ugly’. The committee chairman, Cllr John Olliff-Cooper, confirmed that the existing skatepark was noisy and added: “This council intends to support you.

“We expect to be able to provide about £20,000 in funding.”

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