£58k grant will provide skate park

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Youngsters in south east Northumberland are celebrating a funding boost that will allow them the chance to use a skate park all year.

Newbiggin has received a £58,000 funding boost from SITA Trust to help local children create a safe all-year skate park in the centre of the town near to the sports centre.

Intended to provide an up to date park well away from the roads the grant will help local young people realise the type of facility that will allow them to develop their skills and confidence.

The skate park is being developed on the bowl principle without sharp edges and the youngsters activities will be diverted from the commercial town centre.

The project was initiated by the Newbiggin Town Council after children and young people highlighted the need to make the facility safe for use and available all year round.

SITA Trust chairman Marek Gordon added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2bn.”

Close working through Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and Bad Apples North East had ensured that local young people had participated in the design of the project which they were keen to see underway.

Contributions are also being made by the town council, the county council housing developer fund for south east Northumberland and the local county councillors ward scheme.

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.