THE chair of Helensburgh’s skatepark project has thrown her support behind a plan for a new leisure centre in the town.

Jackie Hood submitted comments on the planning application this week, describing the ideas as “a very exciting opportunity for Helensburgh.”

The skatepark is located near the swimming pool, with pledges made by councillors to develop a new one.

Jackie now hopes plans can move forward to enable the skatepark facility to secure its future.

She said: “I would like to confirm my personal support for the Waterfront Development Project.

“I would also like to state that the Helensburgh Skatepark Project also supports the development plan.

“The proposed leisure centre will be a fantastic addition to Helensburgh’s seafront and the CHORD Project works, in particular the walkway around it connecting the promenade with the end of the John Muir Way.

“It will provide a space and facility that the town can be proud of.

“I also think the disabled facilities the new swimming pool will provide are excellent.

“I am also excited about the opportunity the plans provide the Helensburgh Skatepark Project with.

“Our aim is to deliver a new concrete park that will perfectly compliment the new waterfront development and attract young people and their families to the town, providing an opportunity for free, physical activity in a safe environment.

“This planning proposal reserves land for the skatepark as the Helensburgh and Area Local Committee fully support our plans for a new park.

“Once this is formalised, it will allow HSP to secure funding from outside sources for the build.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Helensburgh and its surrounding areas.”

Jackie added that councillors had agreed at the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee meeting in June to support a Skatepark and a proposal for a new one to be developed.

The minutes of that meeting state: “Findlay Penniston, youth member of Helensburgh Skate Park Group, asked the Council to support his campaign to have a concrete and secure skate park and to secure a site for this on the Pierhead.

“The Chair (Councillor Ellen Morton) stated she was delighted to see young people attend the Area Committee.

“Councillor Aileen Morton confirmed that the Committee would be happy to support this and the area is reserved for the Skate Park.”