Council comes to the rescue of skate park

MID Beds District Council has prevented a popular skate park from closing again. A year ago Biggleswade Skate Park was closed after the group that ran it, the Biggleswade Three Style Association, was unable to pay its annual insurance bill of £4,000. Then

MID Beds District Council has prevented a popular skate park from closing again.

A year ago Biggleswade Skate Park was closed after the group that ran it, the Biggleswade Three Style Association, was unable to pay its annual insurance bill of £4,000.

Then, Biggleswade Town Council and MBDC came to the rescue and paid the insurance for the skate park a week after fencing had been put up to prevent unauthorised children from getting on to the site.

Ken Lynch, the project co-ordinator of scheme that saw the skate park become a reality at a cost of £250,000, recently received the annual insurance bill, this time for £4,500, and immediately appealed to MBDC for help.

Biggleswade Town Council has also said it will chip in £15,000 to help with costs during the coming year.

"Without the help of MBDC we would have closed again," said Mr Lynch.

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Roy Waterfield, director of community services at MBDC, said: "We are committed to providing good and well run facilities for young people in the district.

"To have allowed Biggleswade Skate Park to shut would be detrimental for young residents.

"We will work with our partners to ensure litter is collected, health and safety checks are carried out and repairs and maintenance are undertaken.

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