District Councillor Charmaine Morgan has approached South Kesteven District Council officials calling for support to have a new skateboarding Park in Grantham.
She said: “We used to have a popular Skateboarding facility in Wyndham Park but it was difficult to maintain and was closed down.
“It was a pleasure then to see how older more experienced youngsters would accommodate and help others wishing to learn. It was particularly important that it was free to use and accessible to all.
“Skateboarding is a popular sport and now an Olympic sport. Ideally a replacement should support scooters and skaters too.
“Other children across our District have free access to a sport facility Grantham children do not. Instead they are resorting to the use of Welham Street Car Park and other public spaces. This is a safety concern and risk to vehicles. Complaints have been received.
“After making several requests I have now been advised SKDC needs evidence that there is a demand before we can go further.
“I like to think the frequent unofficial use of the ramps in our car park would suffice but clearly not.
It has been suggested the council block off the top section of Welham Street Car Park instead but that would impact further on the amenity of the residents living nearby.
“I am asking any interested children, teenagers and parents to either text me, write to me at 45 Harrowby Rd, Grantham NG31 9ED or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 November using title ‘Grantham Skateboard Park’ so we can provide the evidence needed. Please include postal address and if under 18 years please get your parents permission.
“Other comments regarding where you think it should be and why you’d like a skateboarding facility in Grantham are welcome.
“If you are interested in forming a group to help design the Skateboard park and apply for funding please let me know also.
“If you think alternative facilities are needed for children and teenagers in Grantham please let me know. What are your concerns?
“I will collate and share this information with SKDC and other bodies. “