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Skate park plans for old warehouse

A mum and grandmother are hoping to turn an old warehouse into a skating complex for children in an aim to give them somewhere safe to hang out.

Mum-of-three Amy Cooper and her mum Jan Hulley are planning to transform the old RJ Stokes paint factory and warehouse buildings in Little London Road into an indoor park for skateboarding, BMX, scootering and in-line skating.

The pair are passionate about giving local young people a safe place where they can meet, take part in activities and feel part of the community.

They have submitted plans to the council for the facility and plan to work with bodies such as Sheffield College, the NHS and the police to get it up and running.

Amy said her own children, Samuel, 11, Charlotte, nine, and Harry, three, first gave them the idea, adding: “It is something we are both passionate about and it is something we feel will make a real difference to the local youth and people who will travel to it.

“We really need something for teenage children, somewhere they can call their own, where they are safe and where they can enjoy their sport, somewhere to hang out and enjoy each other’s company.”

The complex is expected to cost around £75,000 to set up. This cost is being kept down due to help from family and friends. Most of the money would be raised privately but the duo are also hoping for grants from Sport England and the NHS.

The facility would also generate its own funds from a shop and café, once open.

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