Looe skatepark campaign gains momentum

Published by Alex Jordan
February 27, 2015

A local skater in Looe has been running a campaign to encourage the local council to build a skatepark to the South East Cornwall town.

Billy Rickards may only be 16 but, with help from long-time camapigner Steve Underhill, he has spearheaded a campaign to improve the facilities for young people in Looe and part of this includes lobbying council officials to create a skatepark for Looe.

A survey they conducted revealed that over 60 people would use the skatepark regularly if it was built, and their online petition has attracted over 500 signatures, so you can’t say that demand isn’t there.

Billy told his local newspaper: “I think it’s wrong that lots of smaller towns around Cornwall have skateparks but Looe, which is quite a major town in Cornwall, and is touristic, does not.”

Ideally, Billy explained that he would like an indoor skatepark featuring a bowl, some mini-ramps and some rails, with whatever else could be funded.

It isn’t just those who have signed the petition that support the campaign. Many local businesses have offered to support the project, offering everything from free CCTV (from Trelawney Fire and Security), subsidised materials from the local Jewson and financial backing from Looe based businesses.

Sheryll Murray, Local MP for South East Cornwall also told the Cornwall Guardian that she backed the plans. explaining: “I support the provision of the park which would certainly benefit the younger community of Looe.

“I am calling on the council to consider this campaign.”

Billy hopes that the skatepark would not only be a frequent haunt for the local skateboarding, rollerblading, BMXing and scooter community, but also would provide the opportunity to run a social enterprise which would aim to not only cover the maintenance costs, but surplus money would be used to support other community projects in Looe.

The local community hopes to hold several fundraising events in the warmer months, including and event where lots of musicians and local performers have already signed up to take part.

We hope the council come on board with this project. You can sign Billy’s petition here: Looe Skatepark and support the campaign for Looe Skatepark Facebook page.