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Money set aside for a village skate park could be used to improve outdoor play facilities for young people.

Balderton Parish Council earmarked £10,000 for the skate park, but a suitable site could not be found.

The skate park idea was also unpopular with young people so the council’s finance and general purposes committee asked them to come up with an alternative project.

Pupils on the Grove School Council suggested the money could be used to improve facilities at the Balderton Village Centre playing fields on Coronation Street.

At present there is a football pitch and basketball court.

The chairman of the school council, Joe Pointing (15) and fellow member Anthony Tallis (15) told the parish finance and general purposes committee on Wednesday that the playing fields were popular with youngsters.

Joe said an additional football pitch and basketball court were among the suggestions put forward.

Anthony said: “Perhaps it being increased in size would make it even more popular.”

The pupils were joined at the meeting by the school’s assistant head, Mr Dave Smith, who said a cover or shelter could be installed, which would mean the playing field could be used all-year round.

Parish councillors supported the idea and the chairman, Mrs Angela Jarvis, said they would look at costs.

She expected the project would be more than £10,000, but thought the school could apply for a lottery grant.

Another suggestion by the school council was to improve the facilities at St Giles’ Church Hall, but councillors were not sure if they could support such a project.

The hall is used by several community groups, including youth groups.

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