North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Pays £5,000 To Norton Skate Park Re-Vamp
2:33pm 19th May 2014
Work is set to start on revamping an ageing skate-boarding park in Norton after its users secured £5,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.
The Skate Park User Group – which is made up of the young people who use the park and supported by North Yorkshire Police and local authorities - secured the funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund. They will use the funds to realise their long-standing ambition to build a new piece of equipment at the park, which was built 10 years ago and boasts the largest outdoor ‘half-pipe’ in the country.
As well as successfully applying to the Community Fund, the skateboarders have been heavily involved in other fundraising activities, including running a 24-hour ‘skateathon’ and the planning and design of the new equipment.
Front (from left to right):Mayor of Malton, Cllr Joan Lawrence; Jane Ford, Police and Community Group ; NYCC Youth Worker Jennie Loosley ; PC Nick Coning , Norton Beat Manager ; Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan; Roz Tierney, Norton Town Clerk; pictured with members of SPUG.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, joined some of the park users and other local dignitaries on 7 May. She said: “This project is an excellent example of how the Community Fund is making a difference in Communities across North Yorkshire.
“I’ve been really impressed with the support this park receives from the local community and its popularity. By developing the park yet further, skateboarders are more likely to practise their hobby in a safe, dedicated facility rather than on our busy town-centre roads and pedestrian areas.
“Experience also shows that, where there are diversionary activities available for young people, there are lower reported levels of antisocial behaviour. So everybody benefits.”
Norton Beat Manager, PC Nick Coning, who helped the young people put together the bid for Norton Skate Park, said: “The Skate Park in Norton is a vital asset to our communities and is extensively used by local youths, with up to 60 skateboarders using the facility at any one time. The older kids help the younger ones and there’s a fantastic atmosphere.
“Without the support from the Community Fund, the new ramp would still just be an ambition. But with the funding, work can begin by the end of the month.”
The Community Fund was officially launched in May 2013 to support local organisations, groups or individuals who need money to help fund new community safety projects.
Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available for new projects led by people who are based or operating solely or mainly within North Yorkshire and the City of York.
They are given for specific projects including:
- Extra-curricular or ‘diversionary’ activities for children and young people
- Promoting safety and reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Support for victims
- Improving community cohesion
- Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour
- Supporting the purchase of specific pieces of equipment
- Call the helpline – ring 101 and ask for ‘Community Fund’
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