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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Millom bike track axe ‘leaves young with nothing’

TEENAGERS who built a BMX and skateboard track in a disused factory say they have “nothing to do” after it was boarded up.

The youths had built several ramps out of scrap materials left in the building and were meeting after school to ride their bikes – cycling from as far as Bootle and Silecroft.

However, agents working on behalf of owners The Northern Trust sent contractors down to secure the factory, the site of the former Millom RAF museum in Devonshire Road, on Friday.

The group is now hoping to rent the building, and a number of youngsters turned up at the site yesterday to for a demonstration calling for the facility to be saved.

Andrea Crawford, a 32-year-old prison worker, had been keeping an eye on the teens after her son Ryan Sheldon, 13, told her about the track – which became known as “Bundies”.

“I came down to check it out and got on with all the kids. They have cleaned it all up and they all get along. They don’t cause any trouble and the atmosphere is brilliant, it’s actually really peaceful,” she said.

“When they are here they aren’t hanging around Tesco and getting into trouble.”

Ms Crawford has been inundated with support from parents, and says tradesmen have been offering to help build the ramps.

Sheila Watson, whose nephew Ryan Tyson used the track, said: “There were 50 kids there one night. What they have done is amazing.”

Ms Crawford, from Katherine Street, tried to secure formal permission for the youths to use the building, and believed she had attained it from a former agent of the RAF museum. She says the teenagers had not broken into the factory but found it open – possibly due to thieves breaking in to steal copper wiring.

Millom School student Ryan said: “I’m a bit gutted, now there’s nothing to do.”

Ms Crawford added: “It’s disappointing, but we’re not going to stop, we’re going to keep pushing.”

The Northern Trust, a Chorley based property developer, confirmed the building had been secured.

Chris Pye, a senior building surveyor at the trust, said: “We secured the building to make it safe. The property has been repeatedly vandalised and we have a duty of care.”

When asked whether the group behind Bundies would be able to rent the building, Mr Pye said: “I can’t give any details, but the building is in a legal limbo.

“It’s impossible to say how long it will take to be sorted out, but there’s every chance they could get a lease further down the line.”

Have your say

It's all well and good armchair 'experts' slinging their mud and climbing on their soapboxes thinking they know what these young people are all about. Well just to set the record straight you most certainly do not.
I would like to personally challenge any of you to come down and spend an hour or so in the company of this fantastic bunch of kids, see them work together as a team, treat each other and all of us adults with respect. Never have they taken anything for granted or expected to have everything handed to them on a plate. They have an idea, they have drive and abition and they have pride. Oh and it's my opinion that half the problem with today's society is people trying to demonise children and young people without even making the effort to get to know them as individuals or find out what makes them tick. After all respect is, is it not, a two way street not an automatic right.

Posted by kaybee on 23 May 2013 at 21:01

These kids have got to start somewhere.... Like some of the people who are slagging them &their parents!..... The trouble with half the stuck ups in this town is they've forgotten who they are, and where they've come from! And you people who have given negative comments here?..... Have you never been a child?...... Think about what you all have been saying! AGAIN.... They have to start somewhere, these kids, mums/dads strongly believe they can do this.....have faith and quit with the negativity that some thrive on in this town.... BEEP for the bundies! :-)

Posted by Anon on 23 May 2013 at 20:48

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