Skate park decision expected next month
Teenagers poised for news on £40,000 grant
TEENAGERS hope to hear next month that they will get £40,000 for a new skate park.
Chalfont St Peter group CSP All Wheels applied to Biffa Award funding after a day showing off their skating skills in July.
The project to expand current facilities – a halfpipe and ramps – at Mill Meadow, in Gravel Hill, has support from across the community.
Young skaters have suggested designs and asked villagers to raise any concerns about the plans.
Work would begin next summer if their application is successful.
Parish councillor Karen Dickson said: “A lot of people who come to observe say that it really is
FINGERS CROSSED: Members of the CSP All Wheels group wait for news on the skate park a sport in the true sense of the word.
“Once you watch the children skate you see they are really impressive. We have lots of people just stopping and watching. I think they underestimate the skills of these youngsters.”
The group will welcome scooter, skateboard, roller blade and bike riders to what will be an ‘all wheels’ park.
About 40 youngsters aged 13 to 16 regularly use the site, says Mrs Dickson.
The parish council, Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre and parents have backed the scheme. One concern raised on the consultation day was litter.
“The kids have taken that (litter problem) on board and tried to take responsibility for it,” Mrs Dickson said.
“The kids who skate there were saying that one day they may bring their own children to the park.”
Existing facilities built two years ago for younger children, such as swings and roundabouts, will be incorporated into the designs so it becomes a social hub for young people of all ages.
The youth centre was awarded up to £2,000 for the project at a county council community funding meeting in May. The parish council has also agreed to contribute £20,000. PEOPLE tried lipreading for the first time as part of Lipreading Awareness Week.
Tutors held the session at Chalfont St Peter Community Library on Tuesday last week.
The free taster session involved exercises on confusions which can surround lipreading, such as words being mistaken if a person does not use their voice.
Tutor Judy Perry said: “Those who become deafened often become isolated and stop socialising as it becomes too difficult to cope. Sometimes they don’t like to admit they have a hearing loss as there is a stigma about it – connotations of age and being stupid.
“Attending a lipreading class means they are able to take control of their lives again. They gain confidence and feel able to tell people what they need to assist with communication.”
It was attended by people with hearing loss and those curious about the technique.
TUTOR: Judy Perry hosts lipreading sessions at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre