Call for ‘bigger and better’ skate park

Neil Fraser who is collecting signatures for a petition calling for a clean up and extension to the skate park in Seaham Town Park.
Neil Fraser who is collecting signatures for a petition calling for a clean up and extension to the skate park in Seaham Town Park.
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THE wheels are in motion in a campaign calling for a skate park to be given a revamp and makeover.

More than 180 people have put their names to a petition calling for the area in Seaham Town Park to be extended. They hope to press town leaders to take action soon to give it a new look after vandals spray-painted graffiti on the equipment.

Neil Fraser who is collecting signatures for a petition calling for a clean up and extension to the skate park in Seaham Town Park.

Neil Fraser who is collecting signatures for a petition calling for a clean up and extension to the skate park in Seaham Town Park.

The park was installed as part of a £130,000 project by Seaham Town Council and Durham County Council, who drafted in the young people of the town to help decide and design it.

Now those who use the park want to make it bigger and better.

Skate enthusiast Neil Fraser, who runs skater wear company SR7 BMX, is leading the campaign.

The 26-year-old from Seaham, who also works in the Royal Mail call centre in Doxford Park, said: “My petition is to extend the park, but the first thing would be to get rid of the graffiti, because some kids have painted on swastikas and it looks awful. It’s not projecting a good image.

“The last time my friend spoke to the council, they said they were going to fix the lights in the skate park, but that’s all they were going to do.

“This petition is trying to highlight the issue and show there is a need to extend it.” Neil added: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response, to be honest,

“I didn’t think there would be as much of a response, but people from all over have put their names forward.”

The town council has already carried out improvements including the installation of floodlights, but said it is unable to commit to any further work due to the lack of cash.

Council leader Eddie Bell, a Labour member, said: “We would like to extend the skateboard park and other facilities, but finding the funding is a problem.

“This will be looked at in due course.

“The savage cuts by the Government have hit hard, especially in the North East.”

To find the link to the petition, visit the SR7 BMX Facebook page.