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New Study for Skateboarders

Monday, 27th January 2003.

SKATEBOARD fans and those who have to dodge them on the pavement are being asked to give their views on the subject.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is consulting young people and local organisations about their experiences of skateboarding in areas such as streets, car parks and around buildings in the borough.

The council is keen to extend skateboarding facilities and will consider putting equipment in streets and other public areas, as well as designated skate parks. It hopes to tackle problem areas by providing a suitable alternative or taking steps to protect areas where boarding is inappropriate.

It is hoped information from the consultation will build up a picture of popular spots for boarding and areas where the activity comes into conflict with other people.

The council is looking for evidence of problems from young people, police, traders, conservation groups, disability groups, parish and town councils.

Young people will also be asked about what extra facilities they would like to see for boarding, in-line skating and BMX riding, and where.

Borough councillor Sheila Wormleighton, cabinet member for civic value, said the council was very keen to see more recreational facilities for young people.

"The survey is important to understand and appreciate the attraction of why young people skateboard where they do and to find constructive ways to minimise the perceived conflict," she said.

The deadline for responses is February 21 and once the consultation is complete a report will be made to the council's cabinet.

The questionnaire is also available on the council's website at www.stedmund sbury.gov.uk

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