Desperate skaters ‘tunneling’ in to unfinished park

The skate park on the Ollerton Energy Village site which is being broken into by youngsters before it's construction is complete.
The skate park on the Ollerton Energy Village site which is being broken into by youngsters before it's construction is complete.

Desperate skaters are delaying the opening of a purpose-built park - by breaking into the site before it has been completed.

Workmen are busy putting the finishing touches to the fully-equipped park off Darwin Drive, Ollerton, but youngsters are breaking into the site to use it already.

Some have even tunnelled under the fencing surrounding the construction site, while fence bolts have even been cropped to gain access.

The police were called after a group of teenagers were recently spotted on the park.

The police have since issued a statement warning skaters to keep off the site until it is completed.

PCSO Gav Oxby said: “This area is still a building site and is not yet ready for public use.

“There have been incidents whereby the gates have been forced open and residents are using this facility.

“I would ask you kindly to please stop as any damage to the area will result in time lost to be getting it ready for completion and will only delay the opening.”

Plans for the park have spent more than a decade on the drawing board, but work was finally started in October and is expected to be finished in the coming weeks, complete with an official opening ceremony planned.

Most of the equipment in place, but workmen are still working on installing benches, laying concrete bases and turf.

Karen Wakefield, clerk of Ollerton and Boughton Town Council said the that youngsters breaking onto the site was simply delaying the opening and causing health and safety issues.

It is thought some youngsters are even travelling from out of town to try the park.

A statement was released by the council, which read: “Work on the skate park is reaching the final stages.

“Contractors will be adding concrete bases shortly ready for safety signs, bins and benches to be installed and also laying turf on the areas of bare earth.

“Volunteers are currently working with the Town Council to clear overgrown brambles, bushes etcetera to create a safe environment in the park. The public are asked to be patient and allow the contractors to complete their work so that the skate park can be opened in a safe and efficient manner.”