SKATERS are calling for a permanent skatepark in Ashingdon after the overwhelming success of a pop-up version installed temporarily.

Dozens of young people visited the pop-up over four days last week, which was situated in the lower car park at Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall.

Riders took to the ramps to try out their skateboard, scooter, and BMX skills.

The success of the park has led to keen skaters from the area working with Ashingdon Parish Council to set up a working group, campaigning for the installation of a permanent provision in Ashingdon.

Jenny and Steve Sexton, of Pemberton Fields, South Fambridge, whose nine-year-old son Finley is a record-breaking skater, are hoping to encourage residents to work together alongside the parish council to lobby for a park.

Steve, himself a keen skater, said: “While there has been some investment in recent years in skateparks, it has catered mainly to scooters leaving those on skateboards having to travel long distances to find somewhere to skate.

“I think the popularity of the pop-up has proven that a skatepark in this area would be really well-used. It isn’t just about the skating, a proper park can become a real community hub and gives kids in the area something to focus on.”

Previous attempts to set up a working group were started but failed.

Jenny said: “Watching Finley enjoy it so much was brilliant, and I know a lot of parents were really impressed. It would be great if we could gather together just a few more people who are willing to try and make it a reality - without the community coming together it simply won’t happen.”

Rochford Council did not comment.

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