COUNCILLORS have given the thumbs up to a new skatepark in Sandhurst Memorial Park.

The decision has delighted residents and skateboarders who called for a skatepark at a sports development meeting in January.

The estimated £50,000 project will replace one of the four tennis courts in the park in Yorktown Road and is hoped to be up and running by the summer.

The new park will be made up of a skate ramp, a street course and jumps. The present skate ramp located at the front of the park will also be replaced.

Cllr Nick Skinner, chairman of the leisure committee which gave the go-ahead, said the initiative had been driven forward by residents as well as young people.

He said: "We had a very positive meeting at the end of January, attended by Sandhurst Lawn Tennis Club, residents and skaters, and it was agreed this was the way forward.

"We wanted to get the kids off the streets and pavements as it was proving to be quite dangerous — the police had also voiced concern about the number of skaters and were very much in favour of the new park.

"We allocated £50,000 of the budget to spend on the park which will, for the short term, take up one tennis court.

"There are also a few security issues which still need addressing, part of which is extending the CCTV cameras."

Cllr Skinner added that he was delighted the skate park was going ahead and was pleased it had the backing from everyone interested.

E Plans for a skatepark in Crowthorne are also in the pipeline. Residents are being consulted on a number of possible sites and have until Monday, April 15, to return consultation forms.

Information on the proposed sites is available at www.lars-swann.co.uk.

They include Circle Hill, Morgan Recreation Ground and land adjacent to South Meadow on the Broadmoor estate.