Have your say on Hatfield skate park proposals

A SKATE park could be arriving in Hatfield.

Residents are being invited for talks this week about the possibility of constructing the facility in the car park of Roe Hill Hall, on Briars Lane.

The park is set to be developed following Welwyn Hatfield Council’s consultation with youngsters across the region about what they want in the town.

Councillors from Hatfield Central and Hatfield West secured funding of �4,600 from the borough council’s Community Chest, to support the design and implementation of the project.

Environmental regeneration charity Groundwork Hertfordshire has been working in partnership with the District Children’s Trust Play Partnership to improve the provision of activities for young people in the area – including this project.

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Graeme Endersby, youth and employment manager at Groundwork, said they had noticed reduced levels in anti-social behaviour in other similar projects.

He added: “We would like to encourage skaters and BMXers to be a part of the design process for a new skate park in Hatfield.

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“During the consultation process we hope to hear from residents close to the site at Roe Hill, as well as young people aged seven to 19 from all areas who would like to see a skate park developed in Hatfield.”

Cllr Irene Dean, Welwyn Hatfield’s youth champion, said: “It’s great to see the plans for this scheme moving forward.

“There is a need for leisure provision for the younger residents of Hatfield and this is a solution that we know they will be pleased with.

“I’d like to encourage people to get involved and give their views so that we can make sure we’re delivering what people want.”

The public consultations take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Roe Hill Hall, as well as Monday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at St John’s Youth Centre, Bishops Rise, and at Birchwood Leisure Centre, next Wednesday September 8, from 6pm to 8pm.

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