Mum’s fight to save Rugby skatepark

Tony Butler, Rhoda Gardner, Bethany Smith, David Dingley and Ness Page at Side Fix
Tony Butler, Rhoda Gardner, Bethany Smith, David Dingley and Ness Page at Side Fix

A heartbroken mum has said she will do whatever she can to re-open her indoor skatepark because “Rugby needs it”.

Ness Page, 37, said closing Side Fix last Saturday (August 16) was “devastating”.

The indoor skatepark, in Wood Street, Rugby, opened in October last year.

Ness said: “It’s so sad that we couldn’t make this work but I really believe Rugby needs it.

“There needs to be somewhere for kids to go and enjoy themselves and the town doesn’t offer them very much.

“Business rates and overheads were killing me and I had to make the decision to close.”

Ness said Side Fix could thrive if it was in partnership with Rugby Borough Council.

“I’ll do anything I can to re-open it because it’s loved by so many families.

“It would be awful to lose such a great place. I just want it to work whether it’s with me or without me.”

Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for economy and culture, said: “I’m sad to see good facilities close from lack of support.

“We are always prepared to discuss ways that businesses believe that we can help them and are happy to hear any ideas that Side Fix may have that would allow this venture to continue.”

The closure on Saturday attracted a lot of comments on Side Fix’s Facebook page.

Leasa Hunt said: “My 11-year-old son Jayme thoroughly enjoyed spending time at Side Fix.

“It was a confidence booster he needed socially as well as learning new skills.”

Bethany Smith said: “Becoming part of the Side Fix team meant I had a second family.”

Jon Groves said: “It kept kids off the streets and helped them develop skills and confidence, as well as getting them off their phones/consoles/computers and actually get some exercise safely.”