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Bury St Edmunds skate park's funding promise

Bury St Edmunds skate park
Image caption The wooden boards at Bury St Edmunds skate park were fitted in 1999

Funding of up to £150,000 has been promised for the resurfacing of a skate park in Suffolk.

The facility at Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, which dates from 1999, is decaying and uses want to replace the wooden boards with a new concrete surface.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has guaranteed to fund half of the project, which could cost £300,000.

The Bury Skate Park Experience group now has to raise the rest of the money.

Ben Gray, a spokesman for the group, said: "We're really pleased we're getting the money from the council and it is arguably the most-used facility for young people in the town and surrounding area.

"We raised £50,000 for a bicycle track and it took a year, so we have the knowledge and confidence to approach local businesses, the national lottery and other organisations, but we're not putting a target date on it.

"We'll also be doing our own fundraising, such as packing bags at local supermarkets and washing cars and we will charge £3 entry for this year's Jam event."

The council said it would provide half the funding up to a maximum of £150,000.

Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Council's cabinet member for young people, said: "I am incredibly impressed by the way the users are all working together to raise funds and St Edmundsbury will be looking to match what they raise."

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