Town’s solutions to anti-social behaviour problems

The Warehouse Skate Park on Talbot Road in Leyland will soon be able to open later into the evenings
The Warehouse Skate Park on Talbot Road in Leyland will soon be able to open later into the evenings
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A number of initiatives aimed at moving the skateboarders away from the Tesco area of Leyland were revealed at a meeting held by police last week.

The town’s indoor skate park, the Warehouse, saw numbers of youths visiting in the evenings fall when a neighbour complained about noise coming from the site.

The unit, in Talbot Road industrial estate, was popular with teens when it opened last summer, but was forced to slash its opening hours until bosses could sound-proof it.

It will be able to close at 10pm instead of 7pm in the near future, and Coun Phil Hamman hopes this will move some of the youths, causing noise nuisance rather than trouble, away from Tesco and towards the skating facility.

He also announced the small skate park area behind Leyland Leisure Centre on West Paddock will get new lighting installed at the end of this month, to help attract people to go there in the evenings.

And a new skate park is being built in Euxton, which is due to be finished in February

Sgt John Ainscough also said the new Freestyle Urban Soccer initiative will start this Saturday, January 12, at the Leyland Youth and Community Centre on West Paddock.

The inflatable football pitch will be set up each Saturday until March 30, from 6pm until 9.30pm, and give children and teens a chance to practice their football skills while volunteers are on hand to chat about any issues the youngsters are facing, such as peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol.

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