Play parks special report: Nine-year-old campaigns for improvements to Booth Lane skate park

Play parks special report: Nine-year-old campaigns for improvements to Booth Lane skate park

Youngsters at Booth Lane skate park want to see a complete overhaul of the facilities

Owen shows off some moves

Booth Lane skate park still has old signs belonging to Congleton Borough Council which has not existed for more than three years

First published in News Middlewich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment Reporter

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy has launched his own petition in a bid to see his skate park given a complete overhaul.

Owen Hughes, who attends St Mary’s Primary School, is so fed up of the state of the Booth Lane park that he has taken the matter into his own hands.

The Kitfield Avenue resident uses his scooter on the ramps every day.

But in the three years he has lived there, he has seen most of the paint chip off leaving bare metal. The boards are also coming loose and covered with graffiti.

“We treat it really well but there are others that wreck it,” said Owen.

“It makes me feel sad as they make it unstable. Most of us aren’t allowed to go anywhere else as our parents want us to stay close.”

Owen’s started his petition on July 25 appealing for a ‘clean, neat, safe environment to play in’.

When the Guardian met him on July 27, the youngster already had more than 100 signatures.

His mum Kate said: “We think it’s great that he’s doing something like this at his age.

“It started when he came home one day all fed up saying the ramps are falling apart. All the kids want to go there but it brings them down when they see it like this.”

Youngsters have even created a new ‘ramp’ out of soil because they are so desperate for new facilities.

Mum-of-four Kate said: “As you’re coming into Middlewich from Sandbach the Booth Lane skate park is one of the first things you see and looking at it, it’s in total dismay.”

Maxine Wrench, a member of Middlewich Clean Team, added: “If only money could be appropriately allocated and the council would get its act together.

“I did attend some meetings earlier in the year at the council offices with regard to developing either existing or a new play area with skateboard facilities but the meetings seemed to fizzle out.”

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1:15pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Middlewichresident says...

What about using that 8 grand or whatever it was that the Council found they had over just recently. For goodness sake this is just the sort of thing that makes me cross,facilities for children should be made more of a Priority than they currently are, it's disgraceful. Once again where are the Councillor's getting involved in this....what about the Middlewich first bunch having something to say on this. Just as a little side comment though.....I recently went passed the skate park and there was rubbish all over, no doubt dropped by some of the users.....so come on children, do your bit and put your rubbish in the bin and parents make sure you remind them please. Good Luck with it.
What about using that 8 grand or whatever it was that the Council found they had over just recently. For goodness sake this is just the sort of thing that makes me cross,facilities for children should be made more of a Priority than they currently are, it's disgraceful. Once again where are the Councillor's getting involved in this....what about the Middlewich first bunch having something to say on this. Just as a little side comment though.....I recently went passed the skate park and there was rubbish all over, no doubt dropped by some of the users.....so come on children, do your bit and put your rubbish in the bin and parents make sure you remind them please. Good Luck with it. Middlewichresident
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1:33pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Mummytantrum says...

All the Play Parks in Middlewich are a disgrace! Look at the fab park in Sandbach. It not just the Play Parks, but the roads too!
All the Play Parks in Middlewich are a disgrace! Look at the fab park in Sandbach. It not just the Play Parks, but the roads too! Mummytantrum
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1:35pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Mummytantrum says...

and what happened to the money promised from UU after the **** up they made of the roads? that was to go towards updating the parks.
and what happened to the money promised from UU after the **** up they made of the roads? that was to go towards updating the parks. Mummytantrum
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1:53pm Wed 1 Aug 12

david.morgan says...

Hi Mummytantrum, United Utilities tell me that the bulbs have been planted after the work in Warmingham Lane. I'm glad to see the interest this has prompted. More to follow - David Morgan, reporter
Hi Mummytantrum, United Utilities tell me that the bulbs have been planted after the work in Warmingham Lane. I'm glad to see the interest this has prompted. More to follow - David Morgan, reporter david.morgan
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4:04pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Middlewichresident says...

Any comment from Middlewich First or even Labour............
Any comment from Middlewich First or even Labour............ Middlewichresident
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