The Buckland Skatepark is set to be upgraded and revamped thanks to a £130,000 investment.
Teignbridge District Council and Newton Abbot Town Council have teamed up with local organisations to replace the existing Buckland Skatepark with the new facility. The announcement has been welcomed by the community of Buckland and Milber as well as its surrounding areas.
Young people in Teignbridge are now being encouraged to submit their designs for the new multi-purpose outdoor sports facility. The design will take into account the views of local multi-wheeled users of all ages and abilities, including skateboard, scooter, BMX rider and inline skate users. The design will then be formally agreed and finalised by November, with plans for the skatepark to be constructed and opened in summer 2017.
Cllr George Gribble, Teignbridge District Council's Deputy Leader and executive spokesman for recreation and leisure said: “I welcome this fantastic news, made possible thanks to the range of partners coming together in providing funds. This is an asset which the community as a whole should be proud of and will benefit from for years to come. This is a great opportunity for the young people of Teignbridge to have their say in the design and I would encourage them to submit their designs."
Phil Rowe, Newton Abbot Town Council Clerk said: “The renewal and upgrading of the skatepark is absolutely essential and will give all local teenagers a much needed continuing activity. We will now aim to work diligently with all partners to ensure the construction of this scheme through to conclusion."
Cllr Colin Parker, Teignbridge District Council ward member for Buckland and Milber and Newton Abbot Town Councillor said: “As district and town councillor for this most deserving of areas I am over the moon that this scheme is going to happen. This is a scheme for the benefit of the youngsters from Buckland, Milber and surrounding areas."
Cllr Gordon Hook, Teignbridge District Council ward member for Buckland and Milber and Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot South said: "I'm delighted to have been able to help with the funding of this reinvigorated facility. I know how much pleasure the skatepark has already provided and I sincerely hope hundreds of youngsters will get thousands of hours of pleasure and physical benefit from the new challenges."
Teignbridge worked with the town council, local councillors and partners and successfully applied to Viridor Credits Environmental Company for a major grant of £87,150 from the landfill tax community fund.
John Lockwood, CEO of Viridor Credits added: “Facilities like skateparks are becoming an increasingly-important community asset that people of any age can enjoy."
There are two opportunities for people to have their say, either by visiting www.teignbridge.gov.uk/bucklandskatepark or by stopping by at the Buckland Community Fun Day at Sandringham Park on August 27, or at a consultation event at the Buckland and Milber Community Centre on October 29.