Higham Ferrers Skatepark
Six months on, and the new Skatepark has become an integral addition to the community of Higham Ferrers. The project was three years in the making from the initial conceptualisation, however all residents are in agreement that the development was well worth the wait.
A process of planning, consultation and proposals were carefully considered before installation commenced but now youngsters of a wide range of ages are benefitting from the spectacular leisure facility which was made possible thanks to a £35,000 grant from the Mick George Community Fund.
The notable requirement for such amenities was brought to the attention of the town council as other developments were being utilised impractically and causing danger to participants and on-lookers.
Sandra Mitcham, Town Clerk at Higham Ferrers Council said: ‘’The skateboard park is a very popular destination and has been extremely busy. So much so, that we have in some instances during the busier school holiday periods have had up to 50 children using the recreational ground at one time’’.
Councillor Whiting, Higham Ferrers Council added: ‘’We would like to extend our thanks to Mick George Ltd for the £35,000 grant that enabled this development, without such generosity the Skatepark would not have been possible’’.
The safety of the children using the premises was paramount in the decision on where to locate the Skatepark. Backed by the Police because of its CCTV coverage, Saffron Road was considered an appropriate setting. Since the sites completion back in March, additional elements have been included to enhance the appeal such as benches, shelters, footpaths and further fencing.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd: ‘’Often there is a long interval between our commitment to a project and the visibility that the project has had a positive impact on the intended audience. It is particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters enjoying the facilities after a relatively short period.’’
Stump Continued: ‘’We have two funding rounds each year for the £225,000 Community Funds available. We recognise the importance of this provision to the abundance of applications we receive and it is always difficult to shortlist but feedback such as this justifies the developments that we approve.’’