YOUNGSTERS campaigning for a skate park to keep themselves out of trouble have nowhere to go.
Even though they are surrounded by miles of countryside, teenagers in Kelsall cannot find a space for the facility.
They have issued a heart-felt plea for a kind land owner to give them room to build a skate park in the village.
'We get wrongly accused of crimes and vandalism and regularly get moved on,' they said in a letter to The Chronicle.
'Our main aim is to find an area of land to build it on and to fund and raise the cost. Hanging out is a part of the natural process of growing up. Please help us to fulfil our dreams.'
Following a grant in February, Kelsall Youth Group has been meeting under the supervision of adults and qualified youth workers.
They have carried out extensive re-search on other skate parks across the county and have drawn up fundraising plans to pay for the facility.
Chester city councillor for Kelsall and Ashton, Joan Fairhurst (Lib Dem) has been helping them with the search for a site.
She said: 'We have not found a suitable location where the owner is willing. I find it quite tragic that people are obviously looking for financial value rather than what is of value to the community. We are pursuing various avenues and there are possibilities that may exist.
'The village is bereft of facilities. We need to make sure the youngsters who want to skateboard have somewhere safe and accessible.
'The youngsters that are involved in this project are very committed. They are prepared to do the fundraising themselves.'
Cllr Fairhurst said that before the youth group was established, the village was worried about its teenagers.
She said: 'There was a concern particularly in the lower part of the village that young people were hanging around and needed input.
'Older people were worried because they perceived a threat when they saw groups of young people hanging around. It was the same level of concern you get in every village.'
She continued: 'When I was elected, one of the things that I committed myself to was trying to press for better facilities for young people.
'I was very much encouraged, particularly by the Kelsall Methodist Church, to recruit professional youth workers with support from a cross-section of the community, including the parish council.'
To do this Cllr Fairhurst applied for a Local Network grant - a Government funded scheme operated through the Cheshire Community Council - and got £6,000.
Youth workers for the county's Youth Service and the Youth Federation, a charity which serves Cheshire, Warrington, Halton and the Wirral, have been working with a group of about 10 dedicated youngsters.
Sarah Robertson, of the Youth Federation, said: 'The group has visited other skate parks and has even made a newsletter for skaters giving reviews about different venues.
'This is all part of getting ideas for the kind of ramps they want themselves. They are very committed to their cause and meet every other week to discuss and plan it.'
By the end of the year, the Kelsall Youth Group aims to have recruited young adults from the village to train as youth workers, making the group self-sufficient.
As part of the drive to improve facilities for young people in Kelsall, they hope to update the recreational field and provide equipment for younger children.
The Kelsall Youth Group will hold a public meeting to discuss progress and future plans at the Methodist Church on July 15 at 7pm.