Eastbourne Skatepark Shut On Safety Concerns

Friday 9th September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Skatepark Shut

One of Eastbourne’s skateparks has been shut, owing to safety inspections.

The Sovereign Skatepark, which was temporarily shut in the summer holidays to allow for repair work, now won’t reopen.

The ramps, which were first installed in 2000, have been damaged beyond repair, owing to prolonged use, occasional vandalism and the exposed nature of the seafront.

Following a survey commissioned by Eastbourne Borough Council, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has carried out an extensive examination of the site and equipment.

In line with RoSPA recommendations, the site has been shut and the ramps will be removed.

Skaters are being encouraged to use other sites around the town skateparks at Hampden Park, Gildredge Park and Shinewater Park.

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “These ramps have served the skateboarding community well, having undergone heavy duty use from skateboarders, BMX riders, skaters and scooters for over 15 years, and we have undertaken regular repairs for wear and tear as well as for damage caused by incidents of vandalism over the years.

“Following the closure we have locked the gates and there are fences around the site to prevent any access.

“Although the risks to safety may not be immediately visible, they are very real and warning signs should be adhered to.

“While it is disappointing for skatepark users not to have this facility available, their welfare is our paramount concern.”

The council will assess the cost of replacement with a view to including this in next year's capital programme.


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