A popular Stevenage skate park is set to reopen after being shut for almost a year.

Hertfordshire County Council which owns the Bowes Lyon skate park in St George’s Way, announced today it will reopen the park for young people aged 13 to 19 to use, from Friday.

It follows the park’s closure in October 2015 because of the ‘deterioration’ of some of the surfaces.

There had been fears the site might be earmarked for development as part of the redevelopment of the town centre by the Stevenage First partnership.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland had fought to have the site listed in a an effort to protect it, but the bid was rejected by Historic England last month.

The fears only deepened with the opening of the new skate park at Hampson Park last year.

However from Friday the park will be open from 11am to 10pm every day.

The park is unsupervised and the council says its use is at individuals’ own risk.