Bid to identify site for Moreton Hall skate park in Bury St Edmunds

Councillor Frank Warby with the vandalised bus shelter on Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds.

Councillor Frank Warby with the vandalised bus shelter on Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Contributed

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has said it will support community efforts to bring a skate park to a Bury St Edmunds estate.

Young people on Moreton Hall have spearheaded the drive for the estate to have its own skate park, and have already started raising cash for the project.

Moreton Hall borough councillor Frank Warby, who set up a youth club on the estate, said a site needed to be found for the facility.

He said it was early days for the project, adding the new park could cost in the region of £40,000-£60,000.

A borough council spokesman said: “We are open to discussions with the residents of Moreton Hall as to the need for any community facility, including a skate park.


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“If they would like to bring forward any ideas, including suggestions for a site, we will happily talk this through with them and advise them as to how they may wish to progress.”

Mr Warby said there was very much a need for the park, which would be a place where young people could “let off of a bit of steam”.

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“There’s a demand. We have got 6,400 people living on Moreton Hall and another 500 houses being built between now and the next couple of years. We will have a new high school and the other two schools are getting extra kids.

“It’s a big, growing estate. We need to do something for the kids.”

Youth anti-social behaviour has been an issue at Moreton Hall in the past, but Mr Warby said there had not been as much trouble these summer holidays as in previous years.

However, he did say a bus shelter in Symonds Road was vandalised by “five yobs” on Saturday evening, costing hundreds of pounds.

“That’s just pure ignorance,” he said. “They also pulled down a fence on the way up.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said anyone with information should contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 using crime reference number BU/15/2710.

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