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By SPP Reporter

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Forres skater
Forres skater

HELP is needed to roll out plans for a local skatepark.

Forres Skate Park Initiative (FSPI) and Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) are looking for volunteers and committee members to help campaign for a permanent site, a wish specified in last year’s Planning for Real public consultation.

FACT community development officer, Vicky Flood, hopes as many people as possible come forward to help develop the plans.

She said: “To move forward there needs to be a committee in place.

“The idea is that an area open to skateboarders, bladers, roller skaters, scooters and bikes will enhance recreational facilities for those living here and visitors to the area.

“Getting outside, having fun and learning new skills contributes to the wellbeing of everyone, especially young people.”

Nairn is the closest town with a permanent site, west of Forres and Elgin is the closest east.

In June 2016, nearly 90 per cent of a total of 251 respondents to a FACT-commissioned survey felt there is a need to increase local facilities, while 66 per cent said they would help develop and volunteer for a skate park project. Around 41 per cent of the answers came from respondents aged 17-25.

Two pop-up events held in June raised awareness of the need for a similar site in Forres. New members were recruited for the committee at the time but there is still a need for more people to get on board.

The next committee meeting is to be held at Forres Town Hall in the Masonic Room upstairs on September 11 from 7-8.30pm.

TSI Moray will provide training for anyone new to committee work and identify further training requirements as the project progresses.

For more information, contact Vicky at FACT on 01309 674388, vicky@forresarea.org, or go to the Town Hall between 10am and 1pm, Monday-Friday.

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