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Skate Park plans given go-ahead

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The campaign for a skate park started in April 2002

Plans for a skate park at Beau Sejour have been given the go ahead after nearly a decade of campaigning.

Paul De La Mare, from the Guernsey's X-treme Sports Association, said he is thrilled they have finally got permission.

However, the group still needs to raise £200,000 to fund the project. No States money is available.

In the meantime, the association has applied to erect a temporary skate park at the Island Bowl.

Mr De La Mare said: "Full working plans will now be developed to provide what will be one of the best parks within the UK.

"Over the last nine years we have worked diligently not only in seeking to provide a skate park, but also arranging temporary parks for the island's youngsters."

The group, chaired by Culture and Leisure Minister Mike O'Hara, has campaigned for a skate park since April 2002.

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