Bid to improve parks for teens

Pic Greg Macvean 31/05/2013, SoS Notebook on skate parks / skateboarders at Saughton Skatepark and Livingston Skatepark -
Pic Greg Macvean 31/05/2013, SoS Notebook on skate parks / skateboarders at Saughton Skatepark and Livingston Skatepark -

Eyemouth and District Community Trust (EDCT) is seeking residents’ views about expanding play parks in the town to include apparatus for teenagers.

The Trust believes there is a distinct lack of dedicated recreational space for 10-16 year olds, and is therefore looking into the possibility of extending the Gunsgreen Avenue and Dean Head parks to include a skate and BMX area.

Trust member James Anderson said: “There’s no provision for the 13/14 year olds in Eyemouth and it’s been like that for a long time now, even more so since the dry dock shut down. That used to be a ploace where they could go.

“When they are at that age they are in between everything. Unless you’re in a city there is nothing provided for them.”

He added: “We have been up to North Berwick, who have a skate park and an area for the older ones, to look at the set up there. It’s all indoors there, which it wouldn’t be here, but it was really useful to see.

“They have put things together for a mixed age groups, so they are not segregated.”

The Trust will apply for grants to fund the project.

It is currently seeking the views of the community, and urges anyone approached in the street to take a couple of minutes to answer a questionnaire.

Signitures in support of the scheme are also being collected at the library, chemist, post office and High School, where there is also a suggestions box.

For more information go to the Trust’s facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/Eyemouth-District-Community-Trust or contact Kay Scott at eyemouthcommunitytrust@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to help out.