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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Plans lodged for new Cockermouth skatepark

Plans have been lodged to turn a Cockermouth warehouse into an indoor skatepark.

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SKATEPARK PLANS: Peggy Bradshaw

Peggy Bradshaw, owner of Jordan’s Jungle on Lorton Street, has submitted an application to Allerdale council.

She also wants to put a dance studio and a party room in the warehouse, next door to her existing play centre, which was used to house businesses after the 2009 floods.

Mrs Bradshaw has a 10-year lease on the building, which is owned by Mitchells, and wants to run the skatepark as a community project.

She said it would support local businesses by giving people another reason to go into the town.

Mrs Bradshaw is already looking for funding for the skatepark, which will be primarily for older teenagers with skateboards, BMX bikes and roller blades. Her plans follow requests from children.

Local builders have already offered to help build the ramps and it is hoped that it could be open by the summer, if all the necessary permissions are granted.

It would open during school holidays, at weekends and some evenings and would be supervised at all times.

Mrs Bradshaw launched Jordan’s Jungle in 2008 and its youth cafe often attracts up to 100 teenagers on Monday and Friday nights.

Cumbria police said the cafe had resulted in a fall in anti-social behaviour in the town.

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