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Crawley skateboarders brand outdoor park “dangerous” an call for indoor venue

jpco 18-6-14 Macaulay Smith started a petition calling for a better place to skate  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140616-144014001

jpco 18-6-14 Macaulay Smith started a petition calling for a better place to skate (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140616-144014001

More than 100 people have signed a teenager’s petition calling for a safe space for skateboarders to practice.

Macaulay Smith, a skateboarder from Windmill Court, West Green, is among those calling for an indoor park to be created.

Macaulay, 17, set-up the online petition on Wednesday (June 11) because the town’s skate park in Southgate Playing Fields had become “dangerous”.

He believed sharing the park with young children put everyone who used it at risk of injury.

Macaulay said: “At the moment we just want somewhere we can use as a designated space where we don’t get trouble.

“The skate park has got dangerous because there’s small children going there with little scooters not knowing what they are doing and getting in people’s way.”

He added: “People all seem to leave messages on the [web]site saying why they think it’s a good idea. A lot of people just want us to have somewhere to go because they enjoy watching us do what we do.

“It helps because we all know what us as skaters want but with what people are telling us we are starting to see what the community want as well.”

Macaulay, who started skating when he was 12, said the idea of an indoor skate park was popular with the town’s skating community.

He said: “I know most of the skaters around Crawley seem quite keen on the idea on a indoor skate park. But that’s quite a big ask. Maybe that can be an overall project.”

To sign the petition, visit: www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/crawley-council-make-a-street-skateboarding-spot

 

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