Fund our skate park plea

The Oban Times - - News -

YOUNG peo­ple were promised they would have a skate park by the chair­man of Oban, Lorn and the Isles area com­mit­tee.

Speak­ing in re­sponse to a ques­tion by Kevin Irvine, a youth worker with Oban Youth Cafe, the chair­man said ‘ You’ll get your skate park.’

Kevin told Roddy McCuish that mem­bers of his youth group - all BMX users - ‘ were an­gry at some of the things the coun­cil­lor had said in an ar­ti­cle in the Oban Times.

He said: ‘While we un­der­stand that there are lots of things for young peo­ple to do in Oban, there is not a skate park.

‘ We want a skate park, ideally in­doors. Peo­ple’s in­ter­ests change and that has hap­pened here.’

In the ar­ti­cle, Coun­cil­lor McCuish hit out young peo­ple us­ing the new Stafford Street pedes­trian area as a skate park:

He said: ‘I find it in­cred­i­ble that our own young cit­i­zens of Oban are abus­ing this brand new fa­cil­ity in this way.

I would have ex­pected more from our young peo­ple, most of whom are a great credit to our com­mu­nity. This group are cer­tainly not that and should be ashamed of them­selves

‘I would plead with the young­sters to stop this at once be­fore some­one gets se­ri­ously hurt Please have some civic pride in your town and con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers.’

The coun­cil­lor told Mr Irvine: ‘I did say those things in the Oban Times. To achieve the skate park, you must work with the coun­cil. Rock­field worked with the coun­cil and we are achiev­ing things. The play park is work­ing with the coun­cil and we are achiev­ing things.

‘I am glad my com­ments in the Oban Times have brought us to the stage we are at,’ he added.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Julie MacKen­zie from Oban said: ‘If we want young peo­ple to stay here, then we need to work with them.’

Later in the meet­ing when asked about the amount of cash be­ing spent on the Stafford Street pro­ject, mem­bers of the BMX youth group said: ‘Give us some of the money for our skate park.’

Coun­cil­lor McCuish replied: ‘ You’ll get your skate park.’

CASH FOR KIDS: Kevin Irvine (right) made a plea for money to build a skate park

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