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New Wath trials park to tackle youth nuisance

Dexx Skate Park owners Lee McKeith and Lee Moore pictured in the new bike course that will be opening soon. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Bike Park 2

Dexx Skate Park owners Lee McKeith and Lee Moore pictured in the new bike course that will be opening soon. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Bike Park 2

A new extreme sports base is set to open in Wath with hopes it will help to drive down youth nuisance that has long blighted the town centre.

Residents and traders have for years complained about cycle riders causing a nuisance by pulling stunts on benches, planters and other street furniture near shops in Montgomery Square.

But there were fresh hopes for the future of the town centre this week after it was revealed a new £100, 000 park aimed at riders is due to open.

Project leaders behind the Dexx Trials Park say the new facility provides cyclists with an outdoor assault course of obstacles and will attract young riders - pulling them away from causing a nuisance in the town’s shopping precinct.

One of the project leaders, Lee McKeith, 43, a father-of-two, of Melton High Street, Wath, said: “There have always been problems with kids going about on their bikes in the town centre, but hopefully they will use this instead.”

Paul Murray, manager of Wath Montgomery Hall, said: “This has been along standing problem so we all hope the park will put an end to it.”

The park will be built at the side of the existing Dexx Skate Park, Derwent Way, which opened a year ago and has been a major success. It will be opened on July 26 with a day of family fun, including a barbeque, from 10am to 6pm.

 

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