Working together to improve skate park

Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made. Pictured with skatepark users (l-r): Mark Szostak, Gainsborough Youth Council (GYC); Shannon Nicholls, GYC; Cllr Matt Boles; Cllr Lesley Rollings, chair Gainsborough Town Council and Paul Crompton, West Lindsey Community Action Officer
Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made. Pictured with skatepark users (l-r): Mark Szostak, Gainsborough Youth Council (GYC); Shannon Nicholls, GYC; Cllr Matt Boles; Cllr Lesley Rollings, chair Gainsborough Town Council and Paul Crompton, West Lindsey Community Action Officer

Pro-active youngsters have been working with local councillors to bring about improvements to the Aisby Walk skate park in Gainsborough.

The initiative has been headed up by the Gainsborough Youth Council and local skaters alongside members of Gainsborough Town Council.

Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made

Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made

Coun Matthew Boles said that he was keen to see that the wants and needs of Gainsborough’s younger were met by the council.

“The skate park is owned by Gainsborough Town Council, so we got together with the Youth Council and Paul Compton from West Lindsey District Council to have a catch up with the kids about problems they’re having there at the moment,” he said. “We are looking at getting some money together from different places for repairs and things, while Paul will be looking at the bigger picture like putting up floodlights so the kids can use it at night.”

He added: “They have set up a working party and it’s great to see Gainsborough’s young people taking such a pro-active approach to their town.”

Shannon Nicholls, 16, a member of the Gainsborough Youth Council, said: “The young people of Gainsborough deserve to have a proper and safe facility so they can occupy their leisure time constructively. The Youth Council will strive to work with the district and town councils and a skate park committee to improve this facility.”

Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made

Local councillors visited the Aisby Walk Skatepark on Tuesday to see wer improvements may be made

Macaulay Brighton, 17, said: “We use the park every day. It needs repairing as it is becoming dangerous to use.”

Mark Szostak, from Trent Valley Academy, added: “I was hugely impressed by the number of youngsters who use the park constructively and their ability.”

“One boy is even sponsored by a national company. The enthusiasm for skateboarding is obvious, sadly the facility is in need of some serious investment.”

Town councillor Matthew Boles is keen to have remedial repairs made soon and will ensure the council plans to make further improvements, such as lighting, as soon as it can secure funding. In the long term he hopes both town and district councils will work with the skate park users to plan, finance and construct a facility to rival Skegness’ X-site skate park.