Could proposed new fire station help create town centre skate zone?

Police have proposed banning skateboarders from the town centre

Police have proposed banning skateboarders from the town centre

First published in News

A SOLUTION to the thorny issue of skateboarders gathering in St Helens town centre could be to create a purpose-built venue for youngsters next to a proposed new fire station.

Legislation has been suggested to ban skateboarders after police submitted a dossier of evidence in which they said that the activity should be restricted, most notably in Church Square.

However, speaking before the Safer Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel, Rod Jones, the safer communities manager, said: “We received a report from the police in 2013 saying they had been experiencing difficulties with a particular group of skateboarders and self-propelled scooters in the town centre.”

A consultation was undertaken involving youngsters who use the area to skate.

Mr Jones added: “Just under 40 per cent of people who took part visited the town centre to skateboard.

“Others came here for other reasons, either to watch or meet up with friends.”

The results of the consultation will now go before chief council officers, and will be considered along with evidence in support of the police’s application.

Mr Jones said the officers must also take on board the views of ward councillors and members of the business community as well as young people, but he could not give a time scale as to when this process would be completed.

An intriguing solution was proposed by St Helens fire chief Chris Case, who was present at the meeting.

He suggested that if fire authority plans to merge two fire stations in the town centre are given the go-ahead a potential solution may be to build a new skateboard park next door.

Mr Case said: “The town centre location could be a potential place. There was a similar issue to this in Birkenhead when they put skateboarders alongside the new fire station.”

Rainhill councillor Stephen Glover said many of the youngsters go to Church Square because they “feel safe”.

“Let’s not tar everyone with the same brush,” he said.

“We do need a facility for them, not just for skateboarders but others as well.

“I wish I had a couple of million pounds so we could do something about it.”

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3:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

Rainhill Councillor......who doesn't live in Rainhill.
You have got a couple of million by the way - you have nearly 90 in the bank , of which Rainhill contributes 5 million of each year.
Why don't you build a skate park in Rainhill.
Rainhill Councillor......who doesn't live in Rainhill. You have got a couple of million by the way - you have nearly 90 in the bank , of which Rainhill contributes 5 million of each year. Why don't you build a skate park in Rainhill. barrie timpson
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5:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jumperr says...

Why are we bending over backwards to accommodate people who decide to do things where then law says they can't,and their is no facilities in the area 's where they can
Why are we bending over backwards to accommodate people who decide to do things where then law says they can't,and their is no facilities in the area 's where they can jumperr
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6:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

Because your dealing with the Labour party.

I do have a n alternative plan though. What if we were to bulldoze the entire town centre in fact to hell with it lets bulldoze the entire area and make it into a skate park?
Because your dealing with the Labour party. I do have a n alternative plan though. What if we were to bulldoze the entire town centre in fact to hell with it lets bulldoze the entire area and make it into a skate park? barrie timpson
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8:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

deb63 says...

Why shouldnt the skaters have a purpose built area, just because you dont enjoy it, doesnt make it wrong. It is a very popular pastime with a lot of youngsters.

and lets be honest, bulldozing the town centre wouldnt make much different, its already like a bloomin ghost town.
Why shouldnt the skaters have a purpose built area, just because you dont enjoy it, doesnt make it wrong. It is a very popular pastime with a lot of youngsters. and lets be honest, bulldozing the town centre wouldnt make much different, its already like a bloomin ghost town. deb63
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9:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

The skaters have 4 purpose built areas. I have no problem with them having another.

What I do have a problem with is the gross unfairness in the way our public funds are dished out.

And I do like skateboarding.
The skaters have 4 purpose built areas. I have no problem with them having another. What I do have a problem with is the gross unfairness in the way our public funds are dished out. And I do like skateboarding. barrie timpson
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9:15pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jumperr says...

Having boards in the town is a marvellous idea,and who is against anybody enjoying themselves ,if skating in a shopping centre is a buzz then invite to where you seem to think is ok as well , then let us know .
Having boards in the town is a marvellous idea,and who is against anybody enjoying themselves ,if skating in a shopping centre is a buzz then invite to where you seem to think is ok as well , then let us know . jumperr
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9:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Fififlowerpot says...

deb63 wrote:
Why shouldnt the skaters have a purpose built area, just because you dont enjoy it, doesnt make it wrong. It is a very popular pastime with a lot of youngsters.

and lets be honest, bulldozing the town centre wouldnt make much different, its already like a bloomin ghost town.
well said Deb63 :)
[quote][p][bold]deb63[/bold] wrote: Why shouldnt the skaters have a purpose built area, just because you dont enjoy it, doesnt make it wrong. It is a very popular pastime with a lot of youngsters. and lets be honest, bulldozing the town centre wouldnt make much different, its already like a bloomin ghost town.[/p][/quote]well said Deb63 :) Fififlowerpot
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11:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

It would be handy next to the fires station as it would give the firemen some thing to do when they are on their picket lines.
It would be handy next to the fires station as it would give the firemen some thing to do when they are on their picket lines. smith&weston
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4:36pm Thu 13 Mar 14

jumperr says...

Could the council leader explain what a unsuitable manner is when relating to anti social behaviour,or has usual rules on the hoof.
Could the council leader explain what a unsuitable manner is when relating to anti social behaviour,or has usual rules on the hoof. jumperr
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5:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

keepitreel says...

could all those that think it is ok for people to dodge in and out of elderly shoppers on skateboards,or to use the new steps and the seating areas around the PARISH CHURCH as an obstacle course on what is a pedestrian zone please tell me why they think it is ok,just because these kids like the area and think it is safe for them what about the public's safety,and as for it being poular how about spending the money on a facility we dont have in the town instead of adding a fifth skate area build a motor cross course a far more popular sport with no facilities,and this could generate an income
could all those that think it is ok for people to dodge in and out of elderly shoppers on skateboards,or to use the new steps and the seating areas around the PARISH CHURCH as an obstacle course on what is a pedestrian zone please tell me why they think it is ok,just because these kids like the area and think it is safe for them what about the public's safety,and as for it being poular how about spending the money on a facility we dont have in the town instead of adding a fifth skate area build a motor cross course a far more popular sport with no facilities,and this could generate an income keepitreel
  • Score: 2

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