Newmarket Skatepark

Young people in Newmarket have achieved a significant milestone in their work on updating the town’s skate park, by submitting a planning application for a £150,000 replacement.

Work has been led by students from Newmarket Academy, supported by the school, West Suffolk Council and others. They have consulted with users and the community, successfully raised funds to meet the total cost of the first phase,

Cllr Jo Rayner, West Suffolk Council Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture said,

‘Congratulations to these successful young people for showing what is possible. Watching the skate park in use, I am amazed by the skills and fearlessness; and wonder if perhaps there is a lesson there, that achieving in one area, gives you belief you can achieve in others. West Suffolk Council has been proud to support this group, with £50,000 funding, advice and time, and I am delighted that this project is nearing completion.’and are now well on their way to securing the funding for phase two, lighting and CCTV.

Fiona Butcher, Placemaking and Partnerships Manager at Orbit said:

“Orbit has supported this project since its inception and is delighted to have provided funding amounting to £70,000 as well as ongoing support for the project team. This is something the young people of Newmarket have driven from the very start and it is really exciting to see this project coming closer to fruition after all the hard work that has gone into it.”

Inspector Mark Shipton, Suffolk Police said,

‘We are fully supportive of any project that keeps young people physically active and steers them away from anti-social behaviour, and will continue to support community projects of this kind. I’m delighted that this project was agreed as it will provide young people their own designated area to enjoy their hobby in a safe environment.’

Nick Froy, Executive Headteacher of Newmarket Academy said,

“The Academy is delighted to be able to support this project. The school is committed to making a positive and significant contribution to our community. We too would like to thank the individuals and organisations who have given the project so much support”

Cllr Robert Everitt, West Suffolk Council Cabinet member for Families and Communities said,

‘This fantastic project is a great example of our priority of healthy active families and communities in action. The young people have worked as a team and with outside agencies, they have gathered and considered community views, they have influenced funding decisions and represented themselves, their school and their community to the highest standard. I consider they have earned respect as well as a new skate park, and wish them every continuing success.’

The brief to re-design the end of life skate at George Lambton Playing Fields has been delivered by Gravity. A planning application will be submitted and once approval has been given, work lasting approximately 12 weeks will begin on site.

For more information, and to offer support for phase two, contact Will Wright Families and Communities Officer 07775801193 will.wright@westsuffolk.gov.uk

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