The skating community wants to know where their new skate park is on Eastbourne seafront.
Gooden Skate Park, which was near the Sovereign Centre on the prom, was closed last summer, after an inspection found it wasn’t safe. By autumn, the site had been dismantled having been deemed ‘beyond repair’ by RoSPA.
Those who used the park – including world champion Dante Hutchinson – attended a meeting at Town Hall last October, when they were invited to submit ideas as to what should be in the new park, which was originally due to open this year. However, the Borough Council now say the park will be built as part of the construction of the new Sovereign Centre, leaving skaters, BMXer and scooter fans without a wooden park to practice in.
So sad that Eastbourne can't give our World Champion a proper home coming and celebrate his success at the place that helped produced his skill, even with an "extreme sports" festival next weekend but massive thanks to @rushskatepark in Stroud and @rampituk @official_apexproscooters for putting on this event to celebrate our World and UK champion. We won't be supporting Eastbourne Extreme next weekend as we will be here... Thankfully!!! as I really am quite sad and let down by our council events team, if I had have been around I would have taken a good 100 people and peacefully protested against the inequality and unfairness of a huge Proportion of our young people here in Eastbourne but luckily a town 3 hours away will celebrate our young champions success. #feelingdisappointed #excluded #letdown #youthdevelopment #worldchampion @visiteastbourne @eastbournebuzz @bringbacklloyd @wooterkids
It also means Dante and his friends won’t be taking part in the Beach Life Festival this weekend, which traditionally hosts extreme sports, as they have nowhere to perform. Dante’s mum, Sian Hutchinson, also believes the site of the skate park will be used at the event this year for a music stage.
A petition has now been started, which has so far gathered nearly 3,000 signatures, calling on the council to stand by its word to them and release the funding to build the new park, which the skating fraternity said it was promised would be available in April this year.