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Vandals Haven is ‘unsafe’ says MP

Vandals Haven is ‘unsafe’ says MP

Workers and residents around a Chesterfield skate park who claim to be “under siege” have appealed to Chesterfield Borough Council to complete the project in a bid to stop a barrage of verbal and physical violence.  Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, has joined campaigners in requesting that the council stumps up the much needed investment to complete the facility after the developers went into liquidation.

The skate park project, including plans for flood lights was a flagship project for young people in Chesterfield. However, the firm went broke and the site remains only partly complete, and has become a hotspot for yobs who have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to local businesses and threatened staff. Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins met with Sergeant Paul Carrington of Derbyshire Constabulary and the store manager of B&Q, Keely Townsend, to discuss the troublesome haven for drinking and drugs. Mr. Perkins also met 8 young skateboard enthusiasts to hear their views.

After the meeting with police and B&Q Store manager at the site Mr. Perkins said:

Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins said after the meeting:-

Everyone wants to see quality youth facilities, but this site design has failed to consider public safety. The site needs lighting and CCTV, it also needs draining. It is currently creating a lot of work for police and is a danger to staff and businesses. I have spoken with some of the youngsters who use the park and they realize that it will be closed if it can’t be kept open safely. I will be speaking to the council urgently to see how this unacceptable situation can be improved”.

Sergeant Carrington added:-

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the skate part is kept safe for the youngsters who genuinely want to use it for its designated purpose and members of the public.

We are working with local business owners to ensure our patrols are carried out when they are most needed to prevent any anti-social behaviour taking place and ensure anyone misusing it is dealt with appropriately and swiftly.

We are happy to work with the local MP to highlight the need for better lighting and CCTV in the area to help us police it more effectively and to make it a fantastic facility for the young people.

If anyone has any problems relating to anti-social behaviour on the skate park call your local Safer Neighborhood Team on 0345 123 3333.”

One Response to “Vandals Haven is ‘unsafe’ says MP”

  1. Dave watson says:

    i think chesterfield skatepark is great, needs cctv but is good fun and gr8 day out

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