Campaigners sign up to bid for skate park

MORE than 450 people have joined a Facebook group calling for a skate park to be built in Caistor.

Parents and children living in the town say there is nothing for young people to do – and they want a skate park to change that.

The group, Caistor Skate Park Project, even has the support of Caistor Primary and Caistor Yarborough schools and has received “a lot of positivity” from the town council.

Alison Edwards – mum of Jack, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Katie – said: “There’s an awful lot of excitement about this, especially on behalf of the children, and there’s a lot of positivity from the council.

“We want to push on forward with this project and make sure it takes off and we get things done.

“Caistor doesn’t have a lot for teenagers and young people, it can get quite boring for them during the holidays. We’ve got two small parks but the equipment there is geared towards younger children.

“A lot of young people use BMX bikes, skateboards and scooters so it would be nice if we had somewhere for them to go in Caistor. It’s better than having our kids sat at home on their Xboxes.”

In the coming weeks parents and councillors will meet with West Lindsey District Council planners at the skate park’s proposed site – town council-owned land at the bottom of the cricket pitch in Brigg Road.

Parents will work with the town council and Groundwork Lincolnshire – the organisation that helps people make changes to create better neighbourhoods – to apply for funding. At the moment it is not known how much the project will cost.

Caistor Town Council considered a similar project several years ago but it did not have the backing of many councillors.

Mayor of Caistor Coun John Burns-Salmond said: “We need to look into how it’s going to be run to make sure we don’t make neighbours’ lives a misery.

“This has had quite strong opposition in the past. The only access is from Brigg Road, so there are traffic issues and sometimes these places are used by older people.”

Coun Burns-Salmond added: “It looks like this council will give this its full support.”

Parents would like to hear from anyone who can offer their skills or support. You can make contact on Facebook at Caistor Skate Park Project.

Before the project is approved by the council, a public consultation will be held in Caistor to give residents an opportunity to have their say on the plans. A date for this has yet to be set.