Young skateboarders share ideas with senior councillor

​Date: 1/9/2016
Ref: PR 8334

A group of skateboarders who practice at a Wakefield park have met with a senior councillor to discuss their ideas to improve facilities.

The skate park at Thornes Park is very popular with young people honing their skills, and a group recently approached the Council, to talk over issues such as litter and seating.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, listened to their concerns and as a result, additional rubbish bins will shortly be put in place.

The Council is now looking to work with the skateboarders and the Friends of Thornes Park Group to restore benches in and around the skate park. The group have requested in the longer term for an extension to the skate park to be considered, so that more young people can get involved in the sport

Cllr Cummings said: "It's great the skateboarders got in touch with us, as it is important that everyone, including young people, feel empowered to share their thoughts and ideas with us. We look forward to continuing to work with the group."

Skateboarder Thomas Handley said: "We put forward our ideas on how to improve the skate park. I'm pleased we met Councillor Cummings who listen to us, talked things over and gave us the chance to improve the skatepark."

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