Ben opens Nuthall skatepark

NEAA 13-06-12 BE 12 Ben Hatton and Regan Munn, Skate park for Basil Russell playing fields, Nuthall.
NEAA 13-06-12 BE 12 Ben Hatton and Regan Munn, Skate park for Basil Russell playing fields, Nuthall.

A 12-year-old boy who campaigned for a skate park in Nuthall will officially open the facility this weekend.

Ben Hatton did a presentation to Nuthall Parish Council and schools in the area to get his campaign for a skate park at the Basil Russell Playing field off the ground last year.

He got hundreds of signatures on petitions, and eventually secured funding from Nuthall Parish Council and Broxtowe Borough Council.

Ben said: “I am really really happy. All the work has paid off!”

The new skatepark will open tomorrow morning, March 30, at 10am with Ben’s family, the Broxtowe Mayor Margaret Handley, local councillors and dozens of kids from around the area.

Ben’s grandad, John Hatton, said: “He did all the work himself and I’m so, so proud of him.

“He was using the skateparks in Awsworth and Kimberley at the time and saying ‘why can’t we have one?’. He had a lot of friends that wanted one so he decided he would try and do something about it.

“It’s great to see the younger generation doing things like this.”

Parish council clerk Sue Stack said: “He put such a powerful argument forward saying that’s what the children desperately wanted we thought we had better do it!”

The parish council will hand out Cadbury’s Cream eggs to the first 60 kids who arrive tomorrow.