Skatepark loses £60k bid

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 October 2015

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Skateboarding fans have been dealt a major blow after their £60,000 bid for a new skatepark was turned down.

Organisers of the Nailsea Skatepark Project (NSP) applied to Sport England for a grant to build a concrete skatepark in Millennium Park.

NSP was launched in September 2014 to raise £150,000 to replace the ailing metal facility but due to the unsuccessful bid the group is now almost £70,000 short of their target.

Organisers are appealing for fans to raise as much as they can so they can build the best possible facility.

Project leader Phil Williams said: “It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth but we’ve already raised a huge amount so we are going galvanise the team and raise as much as we can before Christmas.”

Phil added: “Our last big hope of a grant of £60,000 has been unsuccessful. Sport England had groups applying for a total of £35million but only £5million to give away.

“But the fantastic news is that during the past 14 months over £83,000 has been raised by the team, who have also been involved with numerous fundraisers and profile events all of which have been a fantastic success and our big thanks to everyone who took part.

“We are on the final push now and every penny counts.”

Although leaders were hoping to raise £150,000 for the facility, they believe they can build a good skatepark for £85,000-100,000.

Phil, who also organises Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival, added: “We need to work hard to raise as much as we can in the next three months before we go to tender, and I would like to think that we could reach a target of around £100,000, which would enable us to deliver a fantastic facility for the town and the surrounding area.

“We may have to slightly reduce some of the features but we will be pushing the potential builders to ensure the new concrete park will have all the main features we would like to see.

“The team has been really encouraged that all parts of the community appear to want to see this happen and we have had donations both large and small from across this area, businesses as well as individuals.”

Project leaders hope the new skatepark will be built in time for the skatepark festival in July next year.

They also want to start lessons to help beginners in the sport and attract fans from all over the South West to use the new facility.

A meeting to discuss the project and future fundraising events is being held at Nailsea Youth House, High Street, on October 8 at 7.30pm.

The team is now urgently looking for people to fundraise. To get involved email nailseaskateparkproject@gmail.com


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