Skater chuffed' at nomination

PUBLISHED: 13:51 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

Paul Brown – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Paul Brown - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

DEDICATED Saffron Walden skater Paul Brown is in the running for an award for his help in the town s skatepark project. The 21-year-old, of Whiteshot Way, has been shortlisted for the Intercounty Young People of the Year in Uttlesford and Braintree award

DEDICATED Saffron Walden skater Paul Brown is in the running for an award for his help in the town's skatepark project.

The 21-year-old, of Whiteshot Way, has been shortlisted for the Intercounty Young People of the Year in Uttlesford and Braintree award for his contribution towards the planning of One Minet Park.

Paul, who is studying a two-year business course at Cambridge Regional College, said he was delighted to have been nominated.

"I'm very chuffed at being nominated for the award," he said. "I'm glad that people appreciate what I and others have done."

Contributions that Paul has made towards the skatepark project include setting up a website documenting its progress and organising a fund-raising gig in October.

The concert, held in the town hall, raised £1000 for the park, added to the thousands of pounds supplied by the Home Office, town, district and county councils, businesses and benevolent individuals.

Paul was nominated for the award by Ali, the wife of town Cllr Tim Richardson, who has been involved in the project.

She said: "Paul and the group deserve recognition for their initiative, hard work and dedication to see this project through.

"Paul is excellent at getting things done and is a good role model for other young people."

One Minet Park has been named in memory of Saffron Walden skater Andrew Minet, who the park will be dedicated to.

Andrew, who was one of the original supporters of the skatepark project, was killed in a car accident six years ago, the day after passing his driving test.

After his death his mother and friends teamed up with the town council to continue the project.

Cllr Tim Richardson said that he had been very impressed by the way the skatepark group worked.

"I think they have done a fantastic job to stick with this over six years," he said.

"They have had to come through obstacles such as raising the money, finding the site and all the bureaucracy that goes with such things."

Paul said his involvement in the skatepark project has inspired him to set up a business.

He said: "In three months' time I'm planning to open up a mobile skate shop called Skate To You. I will tour the region's skateparks and hopefully boost the skate scene at the same time."

Construction of One Minet Park began last week and it is hoped the facility will be ready in time for the school summer holidays.

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