Negotiations pay off for skaters

YOUNG skaters in Pevensey are set to benefit from a shelter and a bench after nearly two years of negotiations.

The Pevensey Local Action Team (LAT), set up to help the young people of Pevensey and Pevensey Bay enjoy their leisure time, has seen work start on its half-pipe in Wallsend Road.

The half-pipe was set up on parish council land around 10 years ago and has proved popular with young people in the area.

In the last few years the youngsters themselves have built a track with jumps and bank which allow them to do a wider range of tricks.

Pevensey LAT has been working to provide more space at the skate park and Pevensey Parish Council has agreed to widen the site and put up new fencing. This will make room for a shelter and a bench, which is what the young people had asked for.

The council, PevFest, the Police Lost Property Fund and fundraising efforts by the youngsters have enabled the project to go ahead.

It took a year to get planning permission for the improvements at the skate park but work has now started and is expected to be completed in the spring.

Owen Visick from the Pevensey LAT said, “LAT chairman Shirley Clark and parish council chairman John Grout have really worked hard on this project.

“We’re all glad to see something happening at last, and we look forward to getting the shelter and bench in place so that the youngsters can start to enjoy their new site next spring.”