Plans for a skatepark in Neilston could be back on the agenda.

That’s after East Renfrewshire Council admitted it is ready to begin installation work at the Kingston Playing Fields if funding is approved.

Construction work had been set to begin earlier this year after the local authority was given a £90,000 grant by Waste Recycling Environment (WREN).

Residents had expected the new concrete skatepark to be completed by July but the council was unable to get specialist builders on site before a funding deadline passed.

Council chiefs have now reapplied to WREN to get cash for the project and have pledged £30,000 towards the work.

“We remain committed to delivering this project for Neilston,” said a council spokesperson.

“As soon as funding is confirmed, we will be in a position to progress work with creating a skatepark within Kingston Playing Fields.”

The project was first mooted by Neilston Community Council (NCC) and kids from the village.

Neilston Development Trust was supportive of the scheme, with transport and waste management firm JM Murdoch also offering its support.

The design is being drawn up by Concrete Skatepark Construction.

Community councillors have been pushing since 2012 to get the new skatepark built in the area.

The idea came about after experts at Alcohol Awareness gave a talk at a community council meeting.

John Scott, NCC chairman, told last year of how police officers regularly reported youths “loitering about” in the area.

He said the site was chosen because it is regularly turned into “an impromptu skatepark” in the evenings anyway.

And, speaking this week, he added: “Funds are being pursued and there is high optimism that they will be released.

“I would hope to see work beginning in the winter or early spring at the latest.”

A survey, completed by local children and youths, showed that many were keen to see the plans become reality.

It is understood that a decision on the WREN funding will be made early next month.