updated 10 Jan. 2002

50,000 to raise for Skateboard Ramp 

Fairford Regeneration Scheme scuppered

Purchase of the Youth Centre

Fairford youth who are skateboard enthusiasts are looking to raise money for the skateboard ramp which is looking much more of a possibility.

The Ernest Cook Trust have offered land behind the Sports Centre on a "peppercorn" lease.

Supervision of the facility, which will also cater for bladers and bmx-bikers, by the Sports Hall is being discussed.

So far the skateboarders have raised 300 by approaching local business. The White Horse Estate Agents have promised to donate 100 for every property which has come onto the market since 1 November 2001.

If you wish to help support this venture, please contact the Town Clerk on 01285 712344.

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Cotswold District Council have dealt a severe blow to Fairford's regeneration plans. After 4 years of research, planning and public consultation  by the town council, CDC has "put on hold" money for the implementation of the plans as it has introduced a points scheme and Fairford has not attracted enough points to receive funding.

Other local market towns have suffered the same fate. Cirencester, however, has not!

Fairford Town Council remains determined to fight on and hopes that at least part of the plans will be realised.


Part of the regeneration plans included the acquisition of the Youth Centre by the Town Council for the people of Fairford.

The purchase is progressing and is hoped to be completed by March 2002. Gloucestershire County Council has agreed to discount the purchase price as long as the centre remains for community use.

The Parochial Church Council already owns part of the building. It plans to buy a further two floors overlooking the churchyard for a youth centre and general community use. The Town Council will buy the front section for further public use.

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