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Wheels in motion for new Leek skate park

Moorlands skateboarders, skaters and BMX riders can look forward to modern new facilities after the District Council set the wheels in motion for a new skate park in Leek.

Specialist construction company Maverick Skateparks are in the process of being appointed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to design and build a new concrete, wheeled sports facility to replace the aging ramps opposite the tennis courts in Brough Park.

The company is working with local skaters and riders on the designs as part of plans to encourage more people to take up skate boarding, inline skating, scootering and BMX riding.

Councillor Mike Bowen, cabinet member for leisure, sport and parks, joined some of Maverick Skateparks team and skate park users at Brough Park to discuss the plans.

He said: "We're working hard to increase the opportunities for people to get involved in a whole variety of sports and activities and the investment we're making in Brough Park is a key part of that.

"The input of people who use the existing skate park is so important in helping to shape the new facility so I was delighted to join the discussions and hear what they had to say.

"When the work is complete later this year, we want to continue to work with local skaters to form a new sports club to encourage even more people to come along and enjoy the new park and to organise competitions. We're also considering coaching sessions for wheeled sports like this so it's an exciting time to get involved!"

The Council is part-funding the new park but is looking to raise an additional £75,000 through funding applications and support from local businesses and funders. Please email david.stock@highpeak.gov.uk if you're interested in supporting this project.