A community group is behind plans for a new skate park.
Kirklees Council has headed up the bid for the first venue of its kind in Marsden, which is the brainchild of a group of around 30 under 16s who came together to form the Colne Valley Skate Project.
It is estimated it will cost in between £125,000 to £150,000 to transform a disused part of the council-owned Marsden Goods Yard to the east of the village’s train station off Station Road.
Ramps, rails, jumps and drop-in areas are all included in the designs for the site which is around 350sq metres.
The group hope that giving the park the go-ahead will give youngsters somewhere exciting to meet and also put them off from skating in unsuitable locations.
According to a planning statement, the group looked at other sites with council officers before choosing the yard as the most suitable.
A public consultation has now begun on the plans, which will give people the chance to air their views until July 5.
John Shone, a teenage Marsden community leader, organised a meeting where the group came together.
“It’s a massive project”, he said. “People from around the valley are involved.
“It will give kids somewhere to go and a new place to socialise.
“It’s just another brick in the wall to make the community better and stronger.
“As part of the project, the group have been volunteering around the village – including at Wessen Court for elderly people – to show them that kids aren’t to be afraid of.”
John said work was underway to secure the funds.
“We’ve already raised about £1,000 and the group is doing well at organising fundraisers,” he said. “But most of the money will come from grants and other donations.”