WORK on a skate park has started following a two-year campaign.
Youngsters in the villages of Farndon and Holt will soon be able to perfect their skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX skills in a specially built facility next to Farndon Sports and Social Club.
Community leaders and children cut the first sod last Saturday, signalling the start of construction work.
The skate park is the culmination of two years of concerted fundraising, planning and networking by a committee of parents and children from both villages.
Farndon ward city councillor Paul Roberts and Farndon Parish Council set up the committee after a group of youngsters spoke of their need for somewhere to skateboard at a public meeting.
The £40,000 cross-border project has been funded and supported by Chester City Council, Farndon Parish Council, Holt Community Council, Cheshire Community Council, Leader Plus England, Leader Plus Wales and Cheshire County Council.
The city council's contribution has been mostly derived from 'commuted sums' secured from the housing developer that built Swallowfields in Farndon.
The project highlights the way in which Farndon and Holt - separated only by a small bridge over the River Dee on the English/Welsh border - can work together to address their communities' needs.
Councillor Paul Roberts said: 'As with any community, many youngsters in Farndon and Holt enjoy skateboarding.
'Up until now there hasn't been anywhere specific for young people to practice their skills, causing them to use car parks, school grounds and other areas that aren't particularly safe for them or other residents.
'The skateboard park is a great example of how the closely linked villages of Farndon and Holt can work together to make things happen, and will provide a much safer environment for young people to practice and enjoy their hobby.'
Councillor Derek Roberts, chair of Holt Community Council, said: 'This has been a real combined effort between the two communities and I'm very pleased that we've set this project in motion.
'The skate park will be of great benefit to both Holt and Farndon youngsters. They are always looking for something to do or somewhere to practice their skateboarding and a proper, purpose-built park will be ideal,' he added.