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'Rusty' skate park set to close

A skate park is set to be dismantled after concerns were raised about rusting equipment.

Chiswell Skate park, on Portland, Dorset will shut after a skater complained of crumbling metal ramps.

Cash from a planning agreement has been earmarked to build a new concrete skate park at the site, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council said.

But until the work gets under way officials from the local authority are to take steps to make the park safe.

Removal of equipment

A spokesman for the council said that officers had pursued the manufacturers of the equipment to try to get them to refurbish the skate park, as the equipment was expected to remain safe for 10 years.

But the company indicated it would not refurbish the old equipment and now an attempt will be made to remove it, he added.

If the facilities cannot be moved successfully, equipment from a former skate park may be transferred to the three-year-old park.

Councillor Brendan Webster, the council's portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and community facilities, said: "We are confident that the replacement will be adequately durable."

Meanwhile, Councillor Paul Kimber, said: "I would be happy to meet the kids who use the park and discuss options for the future."

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