Work is under way on a ‘top-notch’ new skate park and wheeled sports facility in Sidmouth.
The hotly-anticipated area at the Manstone Recreation Field – one of the biggest projects ever tackled by the town council – is set to be finished by the end of the year.
A ‘truly top-quality facility for use by all ages and abilities’ has been promised by the authority.
Skate park consultant and builder Maverick Industries Ltd moved in on site on Monday (September 8).
The existing area will now be demolished and replaced with a state-of-the-art, sprayed concrete facility incorporating ideas and designs from its users.
Councillor Louise Cole, who chairs Sidmouth Town Council’s Youth Provision Working Group, said: “Children and young people in Sidmouth told us that a new skate park was high on their wish list during the Neighbourhood Plan consultations.
“It really is fantastic that work is now starting so that we can provide a top-notch space where young people can pursue their passions and be active and social which as we all know is good in equal measure for health and wellbeing.
“This project is a partnership between young people in Sidmouth, Sidmouth Town Council and the community benefiting everyone, developing young people’s skills and a sense of pride in their place and attracting visitors which benefits the town.
“I know it is generating quite a buzz of anticipation, so look forward to it being open for use.”
A spokesperson for the council added: “The new facility is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by Sidmouth Town Council who are funding the project together with S106 funds [developer cash]made available by East Devon District Council.
“Weather permitting, it is anticipated that works will take around 12 weeks and be completed by the end of the year.”
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