Councillor pushes for skate park

PLANS are being drawn up to bring a skate and BMX park to Moorends for the first time.

Thorne and Moorends town councillor Barbara Hedley is pushing for the facility after youngsters told her that they wanted somewhere to take their bikes and skateboards.

She said: “I’ve been working on this for a number of months. We want a skate park for the people of Moorends at the recreation ground, off Grange Road.

“At the moment, I don’t think the kids have got anywhere to play. I’ve received letters from young children asking if we can have a skate park for Moorends.”

Mrs Hedley has already been handed a 600 name petition calling for the skate park, signed by parents and grandparents who are supporting the idea.

She is now talking to Doncaster Council officers about what can be done in terms of applying for funding for the scheme.

She is also in talks over a possible agreement to get the building work carried out free of charge.

She said she was hoping to raise around £100,000 towards the funding of the project. The proposal is due to be discussed next month.

Coun Hedley said she is hoping to get the project started before the end of the year.

She would also like the multi-use games area in the recreation ground to be moved further away from its current location near the bowling greens in the park.

The nearest skate park to Moorends at present is Wyke Gate Road in Thorne, a mile and a half away.