A ONCE popular skate park is going to waste only three years after it opened.
Teenagers are staying away from the Mount Pleasant skate park in Winsford, and councillors say it desperately needs a revamp to get them back.
The £200,000 facility, which opened in 2003 and also includes a BMX track, was deserted through most of the school half-term holidays.
Mayor Tony Hooton said: 'It's a wonderful facility and it should be in use all the while - there aren't many things like this in Winsford and I hope more youngsters will come out and use it.
'There was nobody there when I visited over half-term, which was a bit disappointing.
'It's a concern because the council spent a lot of money on it and I hope more people will make use of it.'
Last July the park was hit by a spate of vandalism, with yobs ripping sheet metal panels from ramps - causing £2,500 worth of damage.
Vale Royal Borough Council picked up the repair bill, but warned that the park could be forced to close if problems persisted.
Cllr Hooton says it could do with another cash injection to draw the crowds back, and hopes money will be made available.
He said: 'It doesn't look as though it has been vandalised recently but it could do with a bit of a boost.
'It needs some TLC - a fresh lick of paint and perhaps some extra equipment. The town council is putting in some grant applications to make some improvements to its play areas.
'It just occurred to me that we haven't got any play areas in that part of town and that there's a possibility of getting some money to spend on the BMX track.
'We're trying to ascertain whether we'll be able to spend the money, and if successful we could be talking thousands of pounds. We're expecting a decision by the summer.'