Hayling Skate Park given a big push forward

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021

Plans for a skatepark on Hayling Island Seafront have been given a big boost by the award of £75,000 towards the cost of the project.

Havant Borough Council and the Hayling Skatepark Project group have been working hand-in-hand to bring a new concrete skatepark to the area.

Havant Borough Council’s Sport and Leisure Team, in partnership with the Hayling Skatepark Project Group, have secured £75,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust, as well as £55,000 of Developers' Contributions. With the Hayling Skatepark Project group having already raised £45,000, this brings the ambition closer to reality.

A new, welcoming and sustainable skatepark will improve sport and physical activity opportunities for residents of the borough.

Havant Borough Council recently announced it will engage with the public over ambitious plans for the whole of Hayling Seafront.

This will be launched in the autumn and will give residents and businesses the chance to have their say on the island’s future. 

Councillor Gwen Robinson, Cabinet Lead for Housing, Communities and CIL, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the maximum amount possible under the scheme!

“This is really exciting news and brings the skatepark another step closer to reality.”

Matt Pilkington, Chairman of Hayling Skatepark Project, said: “We entered our bid not expecting to get anything as it’s super competitive, so we were amazed when we found out we had been awarded the maximum amount possible under the scheme.

“We are immensely grateful to The Veolia Environmental Trust for such a generous show of support.”