The Westmorland GazetteSilent protest over skatepark at Silverdale (From The Westmorland Gazette)

When news happens, text KENEWS and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

Silent protest over skatepark at Silverdale

The Westmorland Gazette: Youngsters with their signs and posters outside Silverdale Village Institute on the night of the meeting Youngsters with their signs and posters outside Silverdale Village Institute on the night of the meeting

CHILDREN held a silent protest to highlight concerns over how their village institute was being run.

Up to two dozen youngsters gathered with banners and placards before the annual general meeting of the Silverdale Village Institute.

It comes after trustees blocked plans to install a skatepark on the field next to the institute, in Spring Bank, last year.

The institute is made up of six elected members and ten representatives from local organisations.

At the AGM, which the Gazette was barred from attending, local people voted against re-electing its six members and a new committee was formed.

Seven people who represented local organisations have also resigned since the meeting was held last Thursday night.

MORE TOP STORIES:

Tim Stothert, who replaced Kelvin Mashiter as chairman, and who also represents Silverdale Youth Group, has promised to bring the institute into the ‘21st Century’.

Mr Stothert, who is the first new chairman for 40 years, told the Gazette it was a ‘time for change and that it was coming’.

“The old guard don’t want to see any change but if we don’t have any kids or families in Silverdale the village will die.

Related links

“It is an exciting moment but I don’t want to gloat over it,” he said.

“I want to build bridges and have a group of people running the institute for the benefit of all residents.

“I will push for activities for children on the field and for things to do in the hall.

“I also want to modernise the hall and bring the whole institute into the 21st Century.”

Chairman of Silverdale Parish Council Terry Bond said people had been stopping him in the street much more since the meeting.

“Much of it has been about how some of the organisational representatives are resigning, others about moving activities to a different venue, even some comments about how bad an example was set by the 'older' section of the meeting doing a mass walk out before the end of the meeting.

“It should be remembered that the unwillingness of the old Institute committee to work with and involve the younger section of the community has led to a drastic change in the make-up of trustees.

“Continuance of this by non-cooperation with the new committee does nothing for relations between the age groups of this village.”

Mr Mashiter declined to comment when contacted by the Gazette.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:46am Thu 24 Apr 14

give-up says...

Silverdale has youngsters to be proud of. Well done.
Silverdale has youngsters to be proud of. Well done. give-up
  • Score: 8

2:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

jallison says...

As a fairly new Silverdale resident, although I've been coming to the area as a visitor for over 25 years, I couldn't agree more. Youngsters need somewhere to play and I think the skatepark should have been allowed.

I hope the new Chairman and committee reverse the decision and allow it.

Of all the Silverdale children I've met, I've always found them to be well behaved and helpful, often carrying my shopping bag to my car as I'm a disabled pensioner.

Good luck !
As a fairly new Silverdale resident, although I've been coming to the area as a visitor for over 25 years, I couldn't agree more. Youngsters need somewhere to play and I think the skatepark should have been allowed. I hope the new Chairman and committee reverse the decision and allow it. Of all the Silverdale children I've met, I've always found them to be well behaved and helpful, often carrying my shopping bag to my car as I'm a disabled pensioner. Good luck ! jallison
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Thu 24 Apr 14

greenbell says...

I can understand the committee not wanting to allow skateboarding in Silverdale if it is near any houses. We suffered for years with the children next door and the constant banging and crashing of skateboards. It nearly drove us mad.
Kendal has a skateboard park which is on the banks of the river well away from houses and this is the only place for them. I have nothing against children wanting to use them providing they are not annoying anyone else.
I can understand the committee not wanting to allow skateboarding in Silverdale if it is near any houses. We suffered for years with the children next door and the constant banging and crashing of skateboards. It nearly drove us mad. Kendal has a skateboard park which is on the banks of the river well away from houses and this is the only place for them. I have nothing against children wanting to use them providing they are not annoying anyone else. greenbell
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree