Skateboarders are perfecting their tricks at a new park built with the help of a Surrey County Council grant as time runs out for groups to bid for a share of the £1 million fund.
The skate park in Puttenham won £22,000 from the Community Improvements Fund created by Surrey leader David Hodge.
Its ramps are already being used by hundreds of young people in the build-up to an official launch event on Saturday (15 June) for the parish council-led project at Jubilee Fields which ties in with a Puttenham School fete.
Community groups have until midday on 28 June to submit their applications. Already 15 applications and almost 40 expressions of interest have been received.
Nearly 30 projects have benefitted since the fund’s launch in late 2011. As well as the Puttenham skate park, other schemes to win cash have included a youth drop-in centre in Leatherhead, a village hall near Chertsey and scout hall in Weybridge.
Groups have been awarded almost £760,000 already and £1m is available this financial year for projects that make a lasting difference to communities.
Mr Hodge said: “Puttenham’s skate part is a fantastic example of the county council and residents coming together to create a facility the younger generation can enjoy now and for many years to come.
“We’ve received plenty more great applications for projects that improve local areas, make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents independently enhance where they live. However, I would like to remind other groups planning schemes of lasting benefit in their communities that they haven’t got long left to submit their applications.”
Puttenham Parish Council’s Vice-Chairman Mike Blundell Jones said: “Without this large donation, it would have been impossible for us to provide this new and already highly popular skate park – it has been a real hit with everyone of all ages.
“Therefore if you are thinking of creating a new project, then I thoroughly recommend that you apply to Surrey’s Community Improvements Fund. The staff were extremely helpful and supportive during the application process , which they made very easy.”