Teenagers keen for a new skate park in Stanley

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Teenagers could soon have a place of their own to skate, bike and roller blade thanks to a new community project.

Youngsters in Stanley are working with police, councillors and a friends group to create a new skate park and shelter.

Around 70 people, mainly teenagers, attended a first meeting to discuss the idea last Friday and a piece of land off Lime Pit Lane has been identified for the park.

And now Friends of Stanley Playground, which raised £96,000 to create a play area for under 11s, will lead the skate park project.

Friends group founder Yvette Shaw, 44, of Lake Lock Road, Stanley, said: “Police and councillors have said they are having problems with teenagers playing in areas they shouldn’t and they have nowhere to go.

“I have been really impressed by their enthusiasm and we want them to help design this and apply for funding. They have some great ideas, but we need to secure some land first.”

The land bordering Aberford Road is currently owned by Wakefield Council, which will assess its suitability.

The scheme is being backed by PCSO Wendy Firth, of north west neighbourhood police team, and councillors.

Coun Matthew Morley said: “The playground group has such a good track record that if anyone can do it, it is this group.

“I feel they need something for the older age group and I am 100 per cent behind this. It is definitely need in that area.”

A Facebook group has been set up for anyone interested in helping. For more details visit www.facebook.com/stanleyteens