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Bid to repair vandalised skateboard park

PUBLISHED: 13:09 07 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:55 13 July 2010

A vandalised skateboard park is appealing for people to help repair damage done by graffiti artists and vehicle drivers.

The 10-year-old complex outside Sheringham' Splash leisure centre is a popular place used by hundreds of youngsters.

A vandalised skateboard park is appealing for people to help repair damage done by graffiti artists and vehicle drivers.

The 10-year-old complex outside Sheringham' Splash leisure centre is a popular place used by hundreds of youngsters.

But the actions of a few have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage - and a rallying call has gone out to help mend it at a Big Fix weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Structural damage has been done to the smaller of two ramps by either a moped or small car being driven over it, said Rob Sayles, chairman of The Strip skatepark.

It would have to be partly dismantled and remodelled so nothing bigger than a BMX bike could use it.

The larger ramp had words and pictures sprayed on it, making the surfaces dangerous when wet as well as unsightly. Although they had partly worn off, it needed re-skinning with marine plywood.

Police were dealing with three teenagers who did the graffiti through restorative justice, which would see them helping out with repairs.

But the committee needed more manpower and skills, such as carpentry and building expertise, for the two-day work programme, said Mr Sayles.

Vandalism had been an “undercurrent” through the park's history, but was symptomatic of a town where youngsters were bored and frustrated through lack of facilities.

“We try to engage the community to help. What is most disappointing is that some of the young people who did this attended our meetings and seemed positive about doing something to help the park - then a week later went out and bought paint cans and damaged it,” he added.

Sheringham's new Greenhouse Community Project was helping by paying for the park's insurance and maintenance materials, but it was hoped to get wider support from other people and businesses too.

Anyone who can help with the Big Fix weekend should contact Rob Sayles on 07950 650538 or Caz Sayles on 07917 774277. For more information visit www.sheringhamskate.co.uk


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