A new BMX track has recently been officially opened by the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Cllr Olwyn Peters and thanks to the hard work and persistence of the community organisation SVEIG, local parents and youngsters. The Mayor said: “This is a fantastic facility for young people and a real credit to the village. It is great to have an area like this for the young people to come to.” The track has been four years in the making and Eileen Goodenough Secretary of SVEIG told Coastal View: “We think this is a real grassroots project because it emerged from the particular way the youth drew our attention to their need on that play area. Everything else has evolved from that. Eileen went on to explain: “At the end of 2007, I was contacted by concerned residents about what was happening in the area known as the kick about/ball game area. “The sandstone wall surrounding it was slowly being demolished and an impromptu BMX track was being built. When asked, the youngsters said they has asked and were told it was OK for them to do this” said Eileen. It was obvious that these youngsters had taken matters into their own hands, but also that a facility of this kind was needed. Eileen said: “None of this would have been possible had it not been for the help given by so many organisations and people. Council officers, Anti Social Behaviour and Youth Inclusion Officers, Groundwork, Skelton & Brotton Parish Council, the SVEIG members and the Area Committee all helped to make this possible. “But there is more to come so watch this space” added Eileen. A bouquet of flowers and wine were presented to the Mayor, by local children Rosie Waugh and Jacob Dent.