Skate park decision ex­pected next month

Teenagers poised for news on £40,000 grant

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410528

TU­TOR: Judy Perry hosts lipread­ing ses­sions at Chal­font St Peter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

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