Plans to develop a new £120,000 skate park in Blackpool have been given the thumbs-up by skaters and businesses.
Police officers in Claremont, North Shore, are planning to put in funding bids to have a major new skating area constructed on the parkland between Claremont Road and Warley Road.
Officers hope its introduction will reduce reports from residents of anti-social behaviour from young people on skateboards and scooters in the area.
PC Matt Hornby, community beat manager for Claremont, met with skaters on the park this week to run the idea by them.
He said: “Basically we’ve had quite a few calls to say that young people have been making ramps out of bits of wood in the street causing a bit of a nuisance – jumping off steps, on handrails.
“So we’ve spoken to the kids who just want somewhere to play on their scooters and their skateboards.
“Stanley Park is too far away for them to travel.”
PC Hornby and others involved in the project are currently working with the skaters to come up with two different designs for the park.
It is then hoped there will be a consultation in June to decide which one gets the green light.
Enquiries about funding are currently being made with Sport England as well as Veolia Environmental Services.
Some of the youngsters involved have also volunteered to hold fund-raising events themselves.
PC Hornby added: “We’ve not got a design confirmed yet but we’ve had a meeting to get people’s views on the type of thing that they’d want.
“As a result of that, two designs are going to be created and we’ll then have another consultation.
“Once we have that finalised it will then go to the planning stage.” The skate park could cover an area of up to 40m by 15m close to existing play areas. The plans also have the backing of businesses in the area.
Roy Sibley, manager of Claremont Conservative Club, on Westminster Road, said: “It would be a good idea.
“We have a lot of problems here with kids. If they’ve something to do it might keep them off the streets, what they’re saying now is there’s nothing to do. I think they need to do something with this area, so it’s a start.”