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New skate park will honour biker

Hastings skate park
The new skate park will replace the wooden-ramped facility

A new seafront skate park in East Sussex is to be dedicated to the memory of a BMX biker who died in a motorbike accident seven years ago.

The skate park, in White Rock Gardens, Hastings will be dedicated to Richard Ball, known as Boyley, who died at 24.

The park will replace an existing facility in White Rock Gardens which Mr Ball helped to design.

The Boyley Trust Fund, set up after his death, has donated £15,000 towards the cost of the new skate park.

It has organised numerous fundraising events, including the annual Boyley Jam, held at the existing park.

Concrete ramps

"The present wooden ramps are costly to maintain and wood is not the ideal material in the long term," said Councillor Peter Finch.

"We will probably be looking at a concrete replacement, which the skate park users have told us is their preferred material.

"It will also cost less to look after and will last for many more years."

The new park will cost £165,000, with £100,000 coming from Hastings Borough Council and £50,000 from the government's Play Pathfinder scheme.

A public consultation on the project is due to begin in the next six weeks.

"We are fortunate to have such an established and vibrant skate park community," said Mr Finch.

"We can all look forward to seeing a busy, modern skate park."

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