Saturday, 21 October 2017

Hawks and skate park grants approved

HENLEY Rugby Club and the town?s skate park are each to receive grants of £100,000.

HENLEY Rugby Club and the town?s skate park are each to receive grants of £100,000.

South Oxfordshire District Council has awarded the money from its communities capital grants scheme.

The rugby club is trying to raise £475,000 for an overhaul of its clubhouse and has also asked Henley Town Council for £200,000.

The work would be part of a wider redevelopment at Dry Leas that could cost up to £1.78million.

Club chairman Mike Trethewey said: ?It?s fantastic that the full amount we requested has been approved. If we can obtain the remaining money we would hope to start work in May and finish in time for the start of next season.?

Meanwhile, the town council is to build a £250,000 ?wheeled sports facility? to replace the skate park at Makins recreation ground.

It will have sunken concrete obstacles rather than hollow metal ones and would cater for skateboarders, roller skaters and BMX bikers.

It is hoped the work will start by next summer.

Colin Brathwaite, chairman of the Henley Skatepark Initiative, said: ?We are absolutely delighted and would like to offer the district council our sincere gratitude.

?This is a huge leap forward for our project. Although there is still work to be done to raise the remaining money, we now feel we can see the finish line.?

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