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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Youngsters hopeful for Millom skate park deal

SAVING a makeshift BMX track and skate park built set up in a disused factory has been described as “achievable” after talks with the building’s owners.

Teenagers got together 10 days ago to build ramps in the industrial unit, the former RAF Millom Museum in Devonshire Road, after finding it open and have named the project the “Bundies”.

However The Northern Trust, which owns the building, sent contractors to board it up last Friday after reports of vandalism – to the disappointment of the 50 strong group.

Protests involving around 100 people were held in Millom over the weekend, and on Monday the ramps were retrieved from the building and placed in the factory’s car park.

Although the dilapidated building is caught up in a complicated “legal limbo,” the trust, an American owned asset management company, have indicated they would now consider granting the youngsters a lease – depending on stringent conditions.

Newly-elected Cumbria county councillor for Millom, Brian Crawford, has spoken to the trust on behalf of Bundies.

He was told the trust would be willing to discuss arranging a lease if the group form a non-profit community group with its own committee and bank account.

The group would have to find funding to renovate the building, pay for water and electricity, provide toilet facilities and pay for building and public indemnity insurance. A business plan is also needed.

Cllr Crawford said: “There may be more conditions but it is achievable.”

HMP Haverigg prison officer Andrea Crawford, 32, of Katherine Street, Millom, has been supervising the teens since her son Ryan Sheldon, 13, told her about the track.

Ms Crawford has been urging the youths to not cause trouble and be patient while attempts are made to secure a lease.

She said: “This has become a grassroots project and the whole community is behind it.”

Ms Crawford said she was now confident about being able to source enough funding to make Bundies a legitimate organisation after being inundated with messages of support, but wants a guarantee that meeting the conditions would secure a lease before starting to raise money.

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I think its the child's parent who should ensure their child wears a helmet when on their bike not Ms Crawford she clearly is trying to help the kids of millom, people should be more supportive well done to all involved.

Posted by Marie on 23 May 2013 at 21:42

I don't think we have the right to insist helmets are worn when even the established indoor BMX parks do not make it compulsary apart from the 30ft vertical wall and Millom doesn't have one of those yet, though it might eventually make the wish list . As for having an accident, don't you think accidents could happen whether or not adults were there?

Posted by kaybee on 23 May 2013 at 21:37

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