New 'bike hub' on the way for Bemerton Heath

New 'bike hub' on the way for Bemerton Heath

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 1:24pm 9th June 2016.

Local community group Rise61 wants to set up a scheme where young people can learn more about bike mechanics.

A Salisbury community group have received a quarter of their fundraising target to set up a new hub for children.

Rise61 have been given £10,000 from Wiltshire Council's Salisbury Area Board to set up a bike hub in Bemerton Heath, which will give children a space to learn about bike mechanics.

There will also be cheaper repaired bikes on sale, to help self-fund the project which will cost about £40,000 a year to run.

The attendees will learn about how to fix the bikes to keep them occupied instead of going out and playing on the streets.

Robin Imeson from Rise61 thinks this new project will help those who aren't as academic as others:

"To do it properly, we needed a bike workshop and thats to particulary help you people who are struggling in main stream education and need something a bit more vocational. There are some very talented young people out there who are very practically minded but there aren't that many opportunities especially with the government cutting all their vocational funding in schools."

The project is now just waiting for planning permission on the prospective sites for the hub and then work will be underway to get them started up.

You can find out more about Rise61 on their website at www.rise61.org

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