Mobile skate park will ‘help end anti-social behaviour’

Action at a mobile skate park
Action at a mobile skate park

A mobile skate park which will roam around South Ribble should put an end to anti-social behaviour, it is claimed.

Teenagers have been calling out for a skate and BMX park to be built in the borough for months, and new proposals to create a ‘pop-up’ park have now been announced.

The £5,000 project will see equipment travel around the borough in a van and be set up for a few days on car parks, playgrounds and other areas in places, such as Leyland, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, and Bamber Bridge. South Ribble Council secured the funding from the Children’s Trust, after feedback from all of the My Neighbourhood Forums showed a high demand.

Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “Youngsters have been turning up in their numbers, sometimes as many as 40, to the forum meetings all over the borough, and they all want the same thing.

“There’s a demand, but the problem is that people don’t always want a facility like this on their doorstep. They think it’s a good idea, but when something permanent is agreed, there’s always some objection.”

A fixed skate park, which is estimated to cost more than £250,000 and would need planning permission, would also mean that it would not be accessible to all of South Ribble’s youths.

Coun Smith added: “One problem we faced was where to put a fixed skate park. It seems the kids are happy to cycle to different villages, but perhaps their parents weren’t so keen, so this way, we’re bringing the facility to them.

“By providing a roaming skate park to set up in different villages for no more than one week at a time, we can gauge the interest from the community. Once it’s done the rounds, it will start the route all over again.”

The council is asking for suggestions of where exactly the skate park should be placed, and the popularity of each location will help determine where it should go in future.

- For the full story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.