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Ben’s successful skatepark extension campaign

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Ben Keppie, who is studying Biology, Chemistry and Computing A levels at Long Road, and who took part in the Nuffield Science Awards last summer, has another passion outside College: skateboarding.

Ben 1There was just one problem: the skatepark where he lives in Cambourne just wasn’t big enough!

Ben set up a campaigning group with other local skateboarders, creating a Facebook page and petition. He also wrote to the Cambridge News, which featured his campaign.  As a result, the Cambourne Parish Council decided to work with the group.

Ben got busy, writing to the Rt.Hon. Andrew Lansley MP to ask for support, producing reports and sourcing new equipment, some of which came from the United States.

In September 2014 the Cambourne Parish Council was awarded a grant of £15,000 towards the cost of the equipment from the AmeyCepsa Community Fund, and a further £1,500 was awarded from the South Cambridgeshire District Council Community Community Chest Fund. D.A.Cant groundwork and civil engineering company laid the new tarmac base, and two half pipes, two grind boxes and a grind rail were installed in February this year, with Taylor Wimpey East Anglia helping to unload the equipment when it arrived from the States.

That just left the official opening on Saturday 21st March. The ribbon was cut by Ben Keppie and Andrew Lansley, and the Parish Council provided a barbecue for people to enjoy while watching skateboarding demonstrations.

Congratulations to Ben on all his hard work and determination.

For the full story, visit the Cambourne Crier