Pals make ground in push for Clipstone skate park

NMAC11-3033-1''Lewis Batchelor and Jospeh Norris who are campaigning to have a Skateboard Park built in Clipstone
NMAC11-3033-1''Lewis Batchelor and Jospeh Norris who are campaigning to have a Skateboard Park built in Clipstone

COUNCILLORS have backed the idea of a skate park for Clipstone as a campaign run by teenagers gathers pace.

Clipstone Parish Council has leant its support to the plan and has earmarked it for the Highfields playing field off Highfield Road.

Members also agreed last week to spend around £170 on funding an outline planning application.

The plan came about thanks to friends and scooter enthusiasts Joseph Norris (14) and Lewis Batchelor, (13) who live on the village’s Cavendish Park estate.

Both helped organise a petition which gathered around 400 signatures and has been handed to Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Said Joseph: “There’s not much for teenagers in Clipstone and there’s probably about 100 people my age locally who would use something like this.”

Joseph’s dad Carl has used contacts from his work in the construction industry to arrange some materials and help for foundation work, but still expects to have to find some £57,000 for other work and the actual ramps.

Added Carl: “We now need donations and the community to get behind this.”

Talks have also opened with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) over funding, and the Parish Council hopes to submit a formal bid by Friday.

Said parish council chairman Sheila Soar: “Some of the residents have done amazingly well and have got pledges for workers who will help make it happen.”

Anyone would like to assist the CRT bid can do so by sending a letter of support to Sheila Soar at 6 Station Road Clipstone NG21 9AQ by 30th November.