Appeal over skate park funding bid

Jubilee Park play area skate park Ashton

Jubilee Park play area skate park Ashton

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COUNCILLORS are urging young people to come forward and create a funding bid to make a Wigan skate park bigger and better.

Ashton skate park has been a massive hit with local youngsters since it opened last summer.

Now Coun Gary Wilkes is appealing for those who use the facilities to come forward and generate a bid to receive thousands of pounds to build phase two of the park.

The skateboarding facilities were built with the view to keep extending it and making it bigger, rivalling other parks nearby.

Bryn ward Coun Wilkes said: “At present, the skate park is being used really well by the children of Ashton, but the park as it stands now was only phase one of the scheme.

“We now want to get phase two done but that means we need funding. We need to get a group of youths together who want to be responsible for improving the park and their community.

“A funding bid can’t come from the councillors, it has to come from the young people who use the park.

“If we can get the volunteers together, we can build on this skate park which has the potential to be the best in the borough.”

Councillors estimate between £15,000 and £20,000 will be needed to create the new facilities at the park.

Coun Wilkes added: “This park belongs to the local young people and it’s up to them to come forward and continue building on the park to make it better.

“The park has also cut down on complaints from residents and local supermarkets about skateboarders. I have not received any complaints from anybody who is annoyed at the children using the car parks as skate park, now they have a skate park. But we need to keep building on this positivity.”