TWO young campaigners will be wheelying for joy after their hard work helped secure a £100,000 skatepark for their town.

Jazz Hardy and Charlie Harford have had their prayers answered after a year of campaigning when funding was agreed for a new skatepark on Lancing Beach Green.

The pair launched a petition which attracted hundreds of signatures and even explained their vision for the new facility to councillors during public meetings.

Now their dream has moved forward after two pieces of good news in the past week.

On Monday night, Adur District Council planning committee granted permission for the 30 metre long skatepark on Lancing beach.

This follows councillors agreeing last week to £100,000 of funding for the new skatepark.

The funding comes from £1.35 million development contributions made by Brighton and Hove Albion after they received planning permission for their state-of-the-art training facilities.

Residents were kept informed of the pair’s successful campaign on the Lancing Needs a Skatepark Facebook page which was regularly updated by Jazz and his mother.

As well as hitting the streets to collect signatures, the youngsters helped to gather information for the council on best designs and location for the new skatepark.

Twelve-year-old Jazz said: “I’m really excited about the news.

“I was half asleep when my dad told me on Monday night so I had to be told about it again the next morning.

“I’m really happy that the councillors have listened to what we want rather than what they think is best.

“It wasn’t that scary talking to councillors when I had Charlie with me, especially as they don’t look like important millionaires or anything.

“I already know lots of people in Shoreham and in Lancing who look forward to using it all the time.”

Jazz’s father Trevor said: “It is amazing what Jazz and Charlie have done.

“I am very proud, they have been so dedicated and so forward thinking.

“They wanted this for the benefit of Lancing and all the people in Lancing so I’m really pleased that it’s actually happening.

“The idea has been really well-supported, 99 per cent of people are behind this.”

Lancing Parish Council chairman James Butcher said he now hoped everybody could “crack on” and get the skatepark built this year.