Skate park for old Ryston swimming pool?

THE request for a skate park for Newbridge was once more on the agenda at this month’s Newbridge Town Council meeting which took place at the Riverbank Arts Centre last week.

THE request for a skate park for Newbridge was once more on the agenda at this month’s Newbridge Town Council meeting which took place at the Riverbank Arts Centre last week.

The motion was raised by Cllr Damian Molyneaux however this is not the first time the idea has been mooted for Newbridge.

“There are a lot of children skating in Newbridge,” said Cllr Molyneaux.

“They are skating on roof tops and off church roofs but all they want is somewhere to skate safely. It would help to keep them occupied,” he said.

Cllr Murty Aspell said that an ideal spot would be the former swimming pool at Ryston.

“Empty it out,” he said. “It is ideal - plus there is a building there that could be used as a youth club. It is a hole in the ground at the moment.”

Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin supported the motion while Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan said that the use of the old pool at Ryston “is a good idea”.

Mayor Paddy Kennedy agreed that the council needs to “revisit” the idea.

“We even visited a skate park as part of a twining trip to Bad Lippspringe,” he said. “We saw one in Germany (but) we didn’t build one in Newbridge.”

Cllr Aspell said that the idea has been raised on several occaisions during the 16 years that he has been on Newbridge Town Council.