Two teenage skateboarders, Sonny Wright (18) and JP (18), thanked councillors at the Town Council Meeting on Monday February 1 for giving the go ahead for lights to be installed at Marlborough’s skatepark in the Recreation Ground.
JP said, “I really would like to say how thankful I am. It’s a great thing to do. The effects might not be immediately obvious but it will help the youth of Marlborough for a long time. Skateboarding is very fulfilling and positive especially right now when things are difficult. It’s good to be outside with your friends and away from screens.
In the real depths of winter it’s dark at 4pm and then we can’t use the skatepark. This makes the skateboard lighting an excellent solution. We are a zealous group of individuals who really enjoy skateboarding.”
Sonny explained, “Skateboarding is my escapism from the bad times. It is uplifting and freeing. It’s just amazing to be able to go and skate for a couple of hours.”
The plan for the skatepark lighting, costing nearly £20,000, had to be revised to prevent obtrusive light falling on the new houses adjacent to the skatepark. The revised design keeps the lights low and includes four sided deflectors.
The revised costs were accepted by councillors and the project was given the go ahead. Cllr Farrell commented, “This has been going on for far too long. Let’s show the young people of the town we care and push this through. Enough is enough. Let’s just get on with it.”