CRUCIAL funding for Barnstaple s long-anticipated skate park could be rubber-stamped by North Devon Council next month. On Wednesday, the Barnstaple, Fremington and Instow Area Committee agreed in principle to allocate £160,000 of Section 106 money toward

CRUCIAL funding for Barnstaple's long-anticipated skate park could be rubber-stamped by North Devon Council next month.On Wednesday, the Barnstaple, Fremington and Instow Area Committee agreed in principle to allocate £160,000 of Section 106 money towards the £288,000 project. The Executive Committee will have the final say on whether the "developers' cash" can be used on March 11.Furthermore, it is hoped that councillors will approve an additional £80,000 in capital funding at the next full council meeting on February 20.Local skaters themselves have been instrumental in helping turn the ideas into reality. More than three-and-a-half years ago, they worked with Devon Youth Service to form the Rock Park Skate Committee, and have become major stakeholders in the project after raising £32,500 via a successful bid to the Youth Capital Fund."I would like to congratulate all of the young people on the committee, who have shown commitment and persistence in working towards getting a top quality facility for Barnstaple," said committee member Matt Price.Devon Youth Service area youth worker Grant Edwards, added that skaters were now looking forward to helping to working with architects on the design of their new skate park."We are very happy that it looks like we will finally get the skate park we have been working towards," he said.Other funding for the North Devon Council-led partnership project has come from Barnstaple Town Council (£10,000), the Bridge Trust (£5,000) and Safer North Devon (£1,000).A North Devon Council spokesperson said that the final pieces in funding jigsaw would enable building work to go out to tender in March. The successful contractor will then work on the park's design with members of the skate committee.It is hoped that work will start as early as June this year and be completed by September.The skate park - phase two of the Rock Park regeneration project - will include two youth shelters, CCTV, floodlights, footpaths, social tarmac, fencing and landscaping.Phase one saw the completion of the new children's park last year, while phase three could see a new car park and tennis courts.