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Team’s on board for skate park scheme

Councillor Nigel Young, of Central Beds Council , Edd Hawkes, Josh Gaylor, Pete Smith and Councillor Liz Jones, of Dunstable Town Council

Councillor Nigel Young, of Central Beds Council , Edd Hawkes, Josh Gaylor, Pete Smith and Councillor Liz Jones, of Dunstable Town Council

Plans for a purpose-built new skate park for Dunstable are on a roll, with news that a team has just been appointed to build the facility.

Now it is hoped that the long-awaited new skate park will be completed by October.

Dunstable Town Council has approved the appointment of Maverick Industries, of Poole, to create the facility.

Central Beds Council has earmarked almost £220,000 for the scheme, from cash provided by developers under Section 106 planning agreements.

And the Central Beds authority has also set aside land for the open-air skate park, behind GObowling.

Dunstable Town Council is providing £30,000 towards the costs of the scheme, and will manage the skate park.

The tender panel included Dunstable Board Riders Josh Gaylor, Pete Smith and Edd Hawkes.

Unicyclist Edd, 27, said: “The skate park is testament to the community never giving up, and working hard with the councils. I’m very, very happy we are at this stage but overall, I’ll admit I’m just relieved.

“I’ve been involved in getting a park for us for 10 years and there are many reasons, like funding, as to why it has never got far ahead.

“This shows if you really want something and can work hard, and together with all the relevant people, then you can achieve it.”

Central Beds executive councillor Nigel Young said: “The skateboard park will be of national standard and will no doubt attract tournaments and competitive events which will bring added footfall to Dunstable, as well as being a superb facility for both experienced board riders and beginners.”

He said young people in the town will then “have the same opportunities that many other towns offer”.

Councillor Liz Jones, chairman of Dunstable Town Council’s community services committee, said: “Dunstable Town Council is delighted to be in the position to lead on this exciting project.

“Over the years, town council officers have worked with Dunstable Board Riders on the idea of Dunstable having its very own skate park.

“So it is wonderful news that we are soon to have a new top-class recreational facility.”

The tender panel looked at Maverick’s ideas, build process, approach to consultation and engagement, its financial records and references.

Officers will now meet Maverick to discuss the contract and formally agree details. The consultation and engagement process will then begin.

 

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