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Millom skatepark plan gets green light for 2014

PROPOSALS for a skatepark in Millom have proved to be more than a pipe dream after ambitious plans were passed by planners.

Councillor Brian Crawford has worked tirelessly on the plans to build a skatepark for more than three years.

Plans were submitted to Copeland Borough Council’s planning committee this year and officers have now approved the £500,000 scheme.

The skatepark will be in Millom Park, in St George’s Road.

Cllr Crawford, mayor of Millom and Cumbria County councillor for the area, is hoping the park could be up and running in time for the 2014 summer holidays.

He said: “We’re not quite at the last piece of the puzzle – that will be getting the funding but we’re all systems go once we do.

“I’ve been making enquiries about where to go while we were sorting the application.”

The project has been hit by setbacks after funding sources fell through in 2009.

Up to 40 per cent of the funding can be obtained from the Copeland Community Fund equating to £200,000 which, if the bid is successful, would leave around £300,000 before work could get under way.

Now the search is on to secure funding in a bid to make the halfpipe dream a reality.

Cllr Crawford said he would be working up a “festive frenzy” in a bid to get funding applications submitted over the Christmas period.

The park has been designed by Freestyle UK and the company has said skaters and BMX riders will travel from across the north west to use the skatepark.

The plans include ramps, a half-pipe and even a pavilion where refreshments will be sold to skaters using the park.

Cllr Crawford added: “Freestyle have done an awful lot of work preparing the application, they say it will be one of the best skateparks in the north of England.

“The key things now, in terms of timing, are the funding windows.

“I’d love to see it open while I am still mayor but this isn’t about me it is about Millom and putting Millom on the map and giving the kids something to do.”

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What happened to the bundies and all the donations and money they received

Posted by Knatterjack toad on 11 December 2013 at 20:30

Great news if thefunding isfound for the skate park in millom.Howeversome thought has got to be given tothe lack ofagood transport linkand medical facilities especially at the weekends,if millom is to become the placefor skate boarding. How will it fund itself given the pressures on public funding

Posted by M THOMPSON on 3 December 2013 at 15:06

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