Skate park reopens

PUBLISHED: 14:16 26 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010

These youngsters are now able to use the park again

These youngsters are now able to use the park again

THE Comet has been applauded after the Biggleswade skate park reopened on Friday night. Stories over the past two weeks highlighted the plight of the Biggleswade and District Threestyle Association and how the park was under threat of closure because the

THE Comet has been applauded after the Biggleswade skate park reopened on Friday night.

Stories over the past two weeks highlighted the plight of the Biggleswade and District Threestyle Association and how the park was under threat of closure because the association could not afford the annual £4,600 insurance.

It had asked the town council for help but was only offered £2,000.

After the park was closed for a few days, association project co-ordinator Ken Lynch made a last-ditch appeal to Mid Beds District Council which came to its rescue with the remainder of the cash needed for the insurance.

Last Friday, Mid Beds District Council, Biggleswade Town Council and members of Biggleswade Threestyle Association met to thrash out a solution that will erase any future headaches over insurance issues and the cleaning of the park.

"The Comet has been brilliant at highlighting to the people of Biggleswade and the town council our plight and our determination to keep the skate park open," said Mr Lynch.

"Without the support of The Comet we would not have won this fight as quickly as we did.

"We are fighting for the children of Biggleswade so they can keep this park. Mid Beds District Council came to our aid otherwise the park would have stayed closed.

"I am happy with the outcome of Friday's meeting. We have been saved for the time being and hopefully the town council and Mid Beds District Council can thrash out a plan to preserve the skate park."

Roy Waterfield, Mid Beds District Council's head of community services, leisure and tourism, said after the meeting: "We are all working together to keep the park open and find a solution to the park's future.

""It was good for all of us to get round a table and discuss how we could all help keep the park open. We own the land and will push towards finding a positive solution to all the problems by working with the town council."

Biggleswade councillor Rex Skinner who is chairman of the association said: "I am happy we all seem to be pulling in the same direction. Hopefully all our problems will be resolved soon.

"The Comet supported us and we have won this battle. The meeting cleared the air and we are all working together for the skate park's future."

- A group from the Biggleswade Threestyle Association leave for a five-day visit to Germany today (Thursday).

Led by association project co-ordinator Ken Lynch, the skaters will be based in Biggleswade's twin town of Erlensee where they will stay with local families.

The group will take part in a number of events including visits to two skate parks, a museum and the local radio station.

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