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Couple thrilled as Barrow skate park vision gets the green light

BUILDING will begin next month on a skate park venture that is set to create up to 10 new jobs.

DREAM Jason and Jane Keith in front of the land in James Freel Close, Barrow, where they are set to build a BMX and skate park JON GRANGER REF: 50048118B000

Plans to create a bike and skate park, expected to open in the new year, have been given the green light by planners.

Jason and Jane Keith decided around two years ago they wanted to set up a bike park and started looking for land.

They bought a plot in James Freel Close, Barrow, earlier this year and can now go ahead with their ambitious plans.

Mrs Keith, 42, from Priors Walk, Ireleth, said local youngsters were very excited by the idea of the park and turned out in force at a public meeting last month in support of the plans

The couple also plan to lay on a minibus to bring in youngsters from Millom and the more rural areas, such as Haverthwaite, Cark and Flookburgh.

Mr Keith was a semi-pro BMX rider and has competed all across the country.

As well as bikes, UrbanExtreme Ltd will be open to scooters, skateboards and in-line skaters.

The couple hope to get funding for the indoor track from the Big Lottery, among others, as it is going to cost around £100,000 just to kit out the inside of the building.

Mrs Keith said they will need at least 10 employees to work in the cafe, shop and in administration. They would also need a number of volunteers monitoring the skate park. These would be given free time to use the facilities.

She added: “We’re very excited to be given the go-ahead and hope to start putting up the frame next month.

“We are hoping to get funding from local businesses too as we will be running it as a charity.

“When the ramps go up in October we will be looking to take on an apprentice, someone who can turn their hand to anything from joinery to working on the website.

“This is something that is needed in Barrow and the meeting we had in Barrow Park showed that it is something the youngsters want.

“They are dead excited about the prospect of this park and I think they thought it’s not really going to happen – but it is.”

The couple have set up a Facebook page called UrbanExtreme Indoor Skate Park Barrow-in-Furness.

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