Joy as works begin to create Hailsham skate park

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Grocock, with Town Farm residents, young people and contractor representatives.
The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Grocock, with Town Farm residents, young people and contractor representatives.

A SPECIAL ceremony was held last week to mark the official start of works to create a skateboard park at the Maurice Thornton Playing Field in Hailsham.

The Deputy Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Richard Grocock joined skate fans and residents for the short ‘Turf Cutting’ ceremony on June 19.

Hailsham Town Council agreed to adopt the new skate park last year, and planning permission was granted by Wealden District Council in May.

Cllr Grocock said: “I am delighted that work on the new skateboard park is well underway. It has taken an enormous amount of patience, planning and dedication from local councillors and residents of Hailsham for the project to reach this exciting stage.”

The design of the facility will be a mix of cast concrete features such as bends and ramps for skateboarders, BMX bikers and in-line skaters of all skill levels.

Town Cllr Stuart Towner, who is also chairman of the Town Farm Residents’ Association, said: “Residents have worked hard with local authorities and young people to not only obtain the necessary funding required for the project to come into fruition, but design a social space that can be enjoyed by skaters as well as non-skaters.

“As a result of talking with them, we’re confident the skate park will be well received once opened to the public later this summer.”

The new area will be called the Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park after a Hailsham resident who dedicated his life to supporting children and young people.

The construction process is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete and an official opening ceremony will take place in September.

Funding from the £132,000 project was sought by the Town Farm Residents’ Association last year, including £50,000 from the Big Lottery funded Changing Spaces scheme, £40,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust made through the Landfill Communities Fund, £30,000 from Wealden District Council, £5,000 from Hailsham Town Council and £1,000 from residents, and £6,000 from the Safer Wealden Partnership.