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Refurbished skatepark to create safe space for young people in Weston-super-Mare

The work is still taking place but the improvements already made to the skatepark itself are going down well. Photo: ITV News

It's hoped a major community effort in Weston-super-Mare can create a safe space for young people in the town.

A local church team has joined together with North Somerset Council to refurbish a run-down skatepark and BMX track.

Whilst many enjoy a rest this Bank Holiday weekend, one group volunteers is hard at work.

Their goal is to improve a local skatepark and BMX track for local young people.

The skatepark was put in in 2003 and, for whatever reason, has been neglected and so North Somerset Council have partnered with us to actually come and refurbish it and finish it and make it good for the community.

– Andy Skyrme, Transend Skatepark
The Transend team is trying to offer young people safe, alcohol and drug-free places to go. Credit: ITV News

The Transend team is trying to offer young people safe, alcohol and drug-free places to go. The hope is that the work being done will make a big impact.

Well it'll give them a sense of actually, they care about us. I think that's the key thing because we so want to get involved with the community and the youth and the skating community, in particular, and by doing something like this it shows that we're not just words we're actually action as well.

– Andy Skyrme, Transend Skatepark
The skatepark had become run-down since its installation in 2003. Credit: ITV News

The work is still taking place but the improvements already made to the skatepark itself are going down well.

It's really smooth. A lot of good work's gone into it - it's definitely good quality. We've got the schools, the primary school's just round the corner. A lot of the kids do come down straight from school which is good - it gets them out of the house, especially with the nice weather coming around, it gets them out of the house. I used to love coming to the skatepark, I still love coming to the skatepark so it's good to see the kids coming down.

– Jake Williams, skater
It is hoped the skatepark will be positive for young people. Credit: ITV News

It's about getting them involved in shaping it and owning it, really reclaiming that space and not just the activity but that perception as well that young people grouped together are going to be causing trouble. It's about being really positive about what our young people bring to our community.

– Cllr Sarah Codling, North Somerset Council

Any future buildings and redevelopments we need to consider young people and the leisure activities for them. It's great here with the skatepark but there's not much available in the city centre for them so I would like to see a lot more for them.

– Cllr Ciaran Cronnelly, North Somerset Council

After a job well-done, there will be celebrations at the skatepark on Monday 27 May with a special community event.