Darwen skate park bid ends in disappointment

This Is Lancashire: Michele Melia (right) who tried for the skate park Michele Melia (right) who tried for the skate park

SKATE park equipment taken from a disused facility in Belmont and brought to Darwen has been scrapped.

Youngster Michele Melia started the project to bring the skate park in Ryecroft Lane, which had been closed due to anti-social behaviour, to Darwen more than two years ago.

It was taken apart by firefighters from Darwen and brought to the town, where it was stored at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.

But after being unable to find a suitable space for the equipment and then being told it was unsafe, it was scrapped for £100. The money recouped from the scrapping is to be donated to Darwen Town Council which had supported the initiative.

The idea had initially been borne out of the youngsters wanting somewhere local to skate and ride their BMX bikes, instead of having to catch a bus to Clitheroe.

The equipment included a half-pipe, ramps and a jump box.

DACA principal Brendan Loughran said: “The young people, who DACA were supporting through the Stand Out In Darwen programme, were donated the equipment.

“We offered to help the boys out and said it could be stored on-site on a temporary basis.

“It was dropped off at DACA in 2012 and stored on the yard area while the boys spent time looking for a suitable space.

“A volunteer involved in the project spoke to an expert skate park developer from Clitheroe and asked him to come to meet the boys to help move the project forward.

“But he told the group the half-pipe they had been given was not safe as it was made out of metal and would be a hazard when wet.

“The manufacturers said they didn’t make it any more and could not supply any bolts to rebuild it or make it safe.

“Due to this information, the young people decided the half-pipe was not going to be safe to use and decided to scrap it.”

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3:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Now there's a project for WEC...
Now there's a project for WEC... happycyclist
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

woolywords says...

This wouldn't be as a direct result of Blackburn deciding to build it's own skatepark, would it?
Or am I being over simplistic, in my cynicism?
Of course, if Blackburn would allow free access to it's proposed park, it would go some way towards my having second thoughts.

Parking charges have been reduced, parking fines are down...let's create a park, where we over-charge for it's use. Them kids are minted, they won't notice..
Oh, and let's reduce the number of buses that go near to the skatepark..

Make it free, to all and sundry, even on a Sunday, you muppets!
This wouldn't be as a direct result of Blackburn deciding to build it's own skatepark, would it? Or am I being over simplistic, in my cynicism? Of course, if Blackburn would allow free access to it's proposed park, it would go some way towards my having second thoughts. Parking charges have been reduced, parking fines are down...let's create a park, where we over-charge for it's use. Them kids are minted, they won't notice.. Oh, and let's reduce the number of buses that go near to the skatepark.. Make it free, to all and sundry, even on a Sunday, you muppets! woolywords
  • Score: 5

5:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Council didn't want it full stope as the hse clipboard brigade didn't tick any of the boxes,, ,I bet you could have got a alternative fixing from any good supplier that's rubbish , who said you can't ,, blackburn wants all the publicity of the new one being built , so can't have one built cheaply as capita won't get there cut will thay , come on corruption and egos at stake here ,,, it's a shame the young people get treated this way ,,
Council didn't want it full stope as the hse clipboard brigade didn't tick any of the boxes,, ,I bet you could have got a alternative fixing from any good supplier that's rubbish , who said you can't ,, blackburn wants all the publicity of the new one being built , so can't have one built cheaply as capita won't get there cut will thay , come on corruption and egos at stake here ,,, it's a shame the young people get treated this way ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 4

7:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

s_smith says...

Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again.

Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.
Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough. s_smith
  • Score: -10

9:48pm Fri 17 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

s_smith wrote:
Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again.

Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.
Ok, so answer this Darwen has fibre optic cable installed to the local exchange BUT we can't use it /subscribe to fibre until it is cleared all the way to Blackburn. So how has that not got anything to do with Blackburn?
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.[/p][/quote]Ok, so answer this Darwen has fibre optic cable installed to the local exchange BUT we can't use it /subscribe to fibre until it is cleared all the way to Blackburn. So how has that not got anything to do with Blackburn? CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 1

11:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

s_smith wrote:
Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.
BO*****S!
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.[/p][/quote]BO*****S! Darren1951
  • Score: 2

6:28am Sat 18 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
s_smith wrote:
Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again.

Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.
Ok, so answer this Darwen has fibre optic cable installed to the local exchange BUT we can't use it /subscribe to fibre until it is cleared all the way to Blackburn. So how has that not got anything to do with Blackburn?
Because Blackburn with Darwen Council has no more responsibility for laying and connecting fibre option cable than you do.

Fibre optic cables are the responsibility of BT, not the Council and the Council has no power to force BT to do anything.
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.[/p][/quote]Ok, so answer this Darwen has fibre optic cable installed to the local exchange BUT we can't use it /subscribe to fibre until it is cleared all the way to Blackburn. So how has that not got anything to do with Blackburn?[/p][/quote]Because Blackburn with Darwen Council has no more responsibility for laying and connecting fibre option cable than you do. Fibre optic cables are the responsibility of BT, not the Council and the Council has no power to force BT to do anything. Excluded again
  • Score: 5

10:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

s_smith says...

Darren1951 wrote:
s_smith wrote:
Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.
BO*****S!
Darren1951 wrote:
BO*****S!


Care to expand on that a bit?
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Ahh here we go, that old "Darwen -v- Blackburn" thing again. Talk about chips on shoulders. I've lived here now nearly 30 years; it's all the same place as far as I am concerned and the sooner the bitter folk of Darwen get over this stupid idea that Blackburn somehow gets preferential treatment, the better for the whole Borough.[/p][/quote]BO*****S![/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: BO*****S![/quote] Care to expand on that a bit? s_smith
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

If you need additional clarification, ask a few others who lived in Darwen before the 1974 boundary changes.
If you need additional clarification, ask a few others who lived in Darwen before the 1974 boundary changes. Darren1951
  • Score: 5

12:50am Mon 20 Jan 14

english rose 1 says...

woolywords wrote:
This wouldn't be as a direct result of Blackburn deciding to build it's own skatepark, would it?
Or am I being over simplistic, in my cynicism?
Of course, if Blackburn would allow free access to it's proposed park, it would go some way towards my having second thoughts.

Parking charges have been reduced, parking fines are down...let's create a park, where we over-charge for it's use. Them kids are minted, they won't notice..
Oh, and let's reduce the number of buses that go near to the skatepark..

Make it free, to all and sundry, even on a Sunday, you muppets!
Nothing to do with the new indoor skate park / BMX facility which, incidentally, will be in DARWEN.
So yes, you are being simplistic.
*
The equipment (not a full blown skate park) was based in Belmont.
*
If kids or any group in Darwen wanting such equipment all they need do is apply for a grant from Darwen Town Council / Crown Awards, maybe raise some the money themselves, and they will easily have enough money to buy new equipment similar to the one that was dismantled. They then just need an appropriate space to put it.
*
Because of the Council's 'BEEZ Card / REFRESH scheme many leisure activities are FREE.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: This wouldn't be as a direct result of Blackburn deciding to build it's own skatepark, would it? Or am I being over simplistic, in my cynicism? Of course, if Blackburn would allow free access to it's proposed park, it would go some way towards my having second thoughts. Parking charges have been reduced, parking fines are down...let's create a park, where we over-charge for it's use. Them kids are minted, they won't notice.. Oh, and let's reduce the number of buses that go near to the skatepark.. Make it free, to all and sundry, even on a Sunday, you muppets![/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the new indoor skate park / BMX facility which, incidentally, will be in DARWEN. So yes, you are being simplistic. * The equipment (not a full blown skate park) was based in Belmont. * If kids or any group in Darwen wanting such equipment all they need do is apply for a grant from Darwen Town Council / Crown Awards, maybe raise some the money themselves, and they will easily have enough money to buy new equipment similar to the one that was dismantled. They then just need an appropriate space to put it. * Because of the Council's 'BEEZ Card / REFRESH scheme many leisure activities are FREE. english rose 1
  • Score: 2

12:56am Mon 20 Jan 14

english rose 1 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
If you need additional clarification, ask a few others who lived in Darwen before the 1974 boundary changes.
I wasn't quite old enough to remember the boundary changes, but although there was a Borough Council in Darwen, it was Lancashire County Council (based in Preston) that provided most of the services in Darwen such as education, social services, libraries, strategic planning, waste disposal, fire, police, main highways, etc etc; Darwen Borough Council was responsible for housing, minor roads, bin collections, planning applications, leisure.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: If you need additional clarification, ask a few others who lived in Darwen before the 1974 boundary changes.[/p][/quote]I wasn't quite old enough to remember the boundary changes, but although there was a Borough Council in Darwen, it was Lancashire County Council (based in Preston) that provided most of the services in Darwen such as education, social services, libraries, strategic planning, waste disposal, fire, police, main highways, etc etc; Darwen Borough Council was responsible for housing, minor roads, bin collections, planning applications, leisure. english rose 1
  • Score: 1

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