Funding delay for skate park

A COMMUNITY project to regenerate the Skirbeck Road Skate Park has been left languishing at the bottom of the half-pipe, after council funders hit it with a delay.

BTAC (The Boston Town Area Committee) has earmarked £20,000 for the project, but at a meeting last week, councillors said they needed more information before they could commit money to the project.

Councillors have asked the borough council’s parks department to develop the plans and find the best-value way to revamp the park and make it a facility for the whole town.

In a 45-minute debate on Wednesday night, Pcso Naomi Newell said the Boston Town East Neighbourhood Policing Team wanted to regenerate the park to give young people a nicer environment to spend time in and reduce anti-social behaviour.

She added: “It’s very run down at the moment. It does need a lot of TLC to bring it back to a good skate park.”

Pcso Newell applied for £20,000 from BTAC to fund new skate ramps and pay for materials and people to do other work. Art students from Boston College will be decorating the ramps.

Funding has also been secured from other bodies.

It was hoped the new part would be ready in time for summer.

But at the meeting, a number of councillors said they were worried the plans were not firm enough yet.

Coun Mary Wright told BTAC: “There are several things that need to be looked at. £20,000 to build a skate park is not really a lot of money. I would rather build it properly.”

Committee colleague Coun Gurdip Samra added: “We seem to have devised a project based on the money that has been put aside, rather than one that we would like to be devised.”

Along with improvements to the skate park, plans have also been made to paint and fix children’s play equipment and install eco-lights to allow skaters to use the park after it has gone dark.

Council officers are going to work with the neighbourhood policing team to develop plans by the next meeting on April 11.