Call to make skating more accessible in Darwen

Call to make skating more accessible in Darwen

Call to make skating more accessible in Darwen

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

YOUNGSTERS in Darwen could get help accessing the new skate park near Darwen Vale High School.

Darwen Town Council’s deputy chairman said he was looking into ways to help youngsters across town access the facility.

Coun Pete Hollings said: “While we spend resources on our elderly people, subsidising a matinee at Darwen Library Theatre, I feel we are neglecting our young people.

“I am in discussion with the borough council with some ideas to make Junction Four skate park more accessible.

“This could be by subsidising two or three events, or even paying for a demonstration where the people are admitted free.

“I am at the very early stages of discussions and it depends on what young people want and how the park can accommodate them.”

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said money should be spent upgrading the park in Olive Lane, while his Lib Dem colleague Paul Browne said: “I think the park at Shorey Bank would be far better used somewhere else.

“There is money to get it picked up and moved.”

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12:37pm Tue 20 May 14

Viv says...

Whilst it is admirable that there are efforts to ensure that the facilities at the new skate park can be accessed by a higher number of people it might also be useful to consider those gym users who have lost access to a free gym during the week to make way for the skate park.

At present there is NO free gym use in Darwen during week days - any Beez card holder who wishes to access free gym usage during the week has top travel to centres in Blackburn - or wait until weekends when the short slots are available at Darwen Leisure Centre. Prior to the BRSA gym closing it was possible to use the facilities at Darwen Vale on production of a valid Beez Card - this concession was withdrawn shortly before the gym closed. People of all ages and backgrounds used the old BRSA facilities and I would hope that Cllr Hollings looks at the broad issue of access to facilities to support health and wellbeing in a holistic manner. This could include the provision of free (or subsidised) sessions for Beez card holders at the new Skate Park and perhaps the addition of at least one free weekday gym session at Darwen Leisure Centre. Unfortunately not everyone who wants to get and keep fit can afford a Regency (or private) gym membership and rely on the free Beez Card facilities.
Whilst it is admirable that there are efforts to ensure that the facilities at the new skate park can be accessed by a higher number of people it might also be useful to consider those gym users who have lost access to a free gym during the week to make way for the skate park. At present there is NO free gym use in Darwen during week days - any Beez card holder who wishes to access free gym usage during the week has top travel to centres in Blackburn - or wait until weekends when the short slots are available at Darwen Leisure Centre. Prior to the BRSA gym closing it was possible to use the facilities at Darwen Vale on production of a valid Beez Card - this concession was withdrawn shortly before the gym closed. People of all ages and backgrounds used the old BRSA facilities and I would hope that Cllr Hollings looks at the broad issue of access to facilities to support health and wellbeing in a holistic manner. This could include the provision of free (or subsidised) sessions for Beez card holders at the new Skate Park and perhaps the addition of at least one free weekday gym session at Darwen Leisure Centre. Unfortunately not everyone who wants to get and keep fit can afford a Regency (or private) gym membership and rely on the free Beez Card facilities. Viv
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1:27pm Tue 20 May 14

We'll win the next one says...

Viv wrote:
Whilst it is admirable that there are efforts to ensure that the facilities at the new skate park can be accessed by a higher number of people it might also be useful to consider those gym users who have lost access to a free gym during the week to make way for the skate park. At present there is NO free gym use in Darwen during week days - any Beez card holder who wishes to access free gym usage during the week has top travel to centres in Blackburn - or wait until weekends when the short slots are available at Darwen Leisure Centre. Prior to the BRSA gym closing it was possible to use the facilities at Darwen Vale on production of a valid Beez Card - this concession was withdrawn shortly before the gym closed. People of all ages and backgrounds used the old BRSA facilities and I would hope that Cllr Hollings looks at the broad issue of access to facilities to support health and wellbeing in a holistic manner. This could include the provision of free (or subsidised) sessions for Beez card holders at the new Skate Park and perhaps the addition of at least one free weekday gym session at Darwen Leisure Centre. Unfortunately not everyone who wants to get and keep fit can afford a Regency (or private) gym membership and rely on the free Beez Card facilities.
Why not incorporate the 2. My Gran would love it !
[quote][p][bold]Viv[/bold] wrote: Whilst it is admirable that there are efforts to ensure that the facilities at the new skate park can be accessed by a higher number of people it might also be useful to consider those gym users who have lost access to a free gym during the week to make way for the skate park. At present there is NO free gym use in Darwen during week days - any Beez card holder who wishes to access free gym usage during the week has top travel to centres in Blackburn - or wait until weekends when the short slots are available at Darwen Leisure Centre. Prior to the BRSA gym closing it was possible to use the facilities at Darwen Vale on production of a valid Beez Card - this concession was withdrawn shortly before the gym closed. People of all ages and backgrounds used the old BRSA facilities and I would hope that Cllr Hollings looks at the broad issue of access to facilities to support health and wellbeing in a holistic manner. This could include the provision of free (or subsidised) sessions for Beez card holders at the new Skate Park and perhaps the addition of at least one free weekday gym session at Darwen Leisure Centre. Unfortunately not everyone who wants to get and keep fit can afford a Regency (or private) gym membership and rely on the free Beez Card facilities.[/p][/quote]Why not incorporate the 2. My Gran would love it ! We'll win the next one
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