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The Joint Parishes Skatepark committee Chairman Rob Jones suggested that a Youth Shelter in the park would make it more attractive for all young people, and provide shelter from the weather for skaters. It was decided to copy the success of the skatepark itself, and get young people involved in planning and building the shelter.

It was decided that "proprietary" shelters were unwelcoming and not weatherproof: the young people wanted somewhere "snug". Local Police and our safety inspector were consulted for their views, particularly on orientation and visibility.

The overall cost was in the region of £1300 including the concrete base, a considerable saving compared to the £5k upwards cost of a factory built shelter.

Below : Leian and Jack mix the concrete for the base

Above : Jack and Mike tamp and level the concrete

Frame ready to leave the yard

The shelter is trailered through the High St on its way to the skatepark.

The completed shelter frame at the skatepark, fitting roof and side panels.

The completed shelter awaits final installation. The pole at the back is for the solar panels

At night the solar lights trigger automatically with movement and stay on for about 4-5 minutes at a time. A quick wave resets them: its actually light enough to read in there.

The lights are 36 LEDs each obtained from an Amazon supplier at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solar-Ray-Power-Shed-Light/dp/B002GN4WGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1264075610&sr=8-2 at £19.88 each, and are very bright.

The shelter is also being fitted with a solar/wind-up powered radio.

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