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Skate park’s future secured by Labour

Young people in Cam and Dursley will benefit from Labour’s decision to relocate an Olympic-standard skate park to Stroud.

Young people in Cam and Dursley will benefit from Labour’s decision to relocate an Olympic-standard skate park to Stroud.

Rush Skate Park in Brimscombe, which describes itself as having “kick-ass facilities”, attracts riders and skaters from all over the world but faced an uncertain future when councillors announced plans to build houses on the land.

However, after lengthy discussions, councillors on Thursday night agreed to offer a lease at Stratford Park in Stroud.

Dursley Labour councillor Doina Cornell said: “This is terrific news for local young people who enjoy skating. Instead of losing one of the best skate facilities in Europe, they now have the chance to go skating in the heart of Stroud.

“Not only is it likely to be used as a training facility for the next Olympic Games, but it provides a fantastic place for young people to engage in sporting and physical activities.

“People accuse politicians of doing nothing for young people. Well, here’s an example of a Labour council securing the future of a world-class facility for our young people to use whenever they like.”