Debenham: Skatepark is ‘needed’ in village - project chairman

Youngsters have fun on a mobile skate park when it came to Debenham's village community centre.

Youngsters have fun on a mobile skate park when it came to Debenham's village community centre. - Credit: Archant

A chairman of a skatepark project which is looking for a new venue has called for more services for youngsters in the village.

Project D – the endeavour to build a skatepark in Debenham - has been going on for four years.

The project has suffered several setbacks but its chairman Jane Baldwin has said there is still a “desperate need” for the facility in the village.

“Following the lack of success in securing a suitable site at either of the two logical choices for such a recreational facility, we now need to hold a land appeal to investigate other possible sites within the village,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“Project D is currently in the process of identifying possible portions of land within the Debenham area which are independently accessible and satisfy all the known criteria associated with creating a skatepark.”

In March Mrs Baldwin and her team decided to pull away from creating the facility at Debenham Sports and Leisure centre because the proposed site was “unsustainable”.

The parish council has been supporting the project and continues to debate the vision at its meetings.

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Mrs Baldwin added: “There is currently a clearly defined lack of provision for young people which will only become more of an issue, resulting in bored teenagers looking for an outlet.

“Young people are a vital part of our community and have the same rights to public space as everyone else within the community.”

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