£50,000 has been secured to transform Warmley Forest Skate Park, delighting the area’s local MP.
The funding has been awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund which is distributed by South Gloucestershire Council’s waste contractor Suez.
Warmley Forest Skate Park is an old run-down skate park that has been falling into disrepair. The old skate park was constructed with metal frames and wood. The facility is in constant need of repair which proved to be uneconomical and led to its closure for health and safety reasons. The skate park is subject to vandalism, looking very run-down and degrading the surrounding nature area.
The funding will transform the skate park and provide a brand new facility to serve the local area.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore said:
“I am delighted that Warmley Forest Skate Park has been successful in obtaining £50,000 for a complete transformation and would like to congratulate those involved in pulling the funding bid together.
As the local MP, I am regularly contacted by residents wanting to see investment made in our precious parks and open spaces to promote more active and healthier lifestyles and am encouraged to see investment being made across Kingswood – from new sports pitches in New Cheltenham to new play areas in Hanham.”
“Warmley Forest is a treasured area and last year I was proud to plant trees here as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.”
Cllr Sam Bromiley (Oldland Common, Con), who has been part of the project, said:
“We are really excited about this funding announcement as it’s something that colleagues across Bitton, Oldland and Siston Parish Councils have been working on for some time. This investment has been a long-awaited by local young people and we are all looking forward to the works being completed in time for the summer.”
Conservative-run South Gloucestershire Council has invested over £9million in improving green spaces across the district in the last 4 years.