Designs for Steyning skate park unveiled
The designs for the skate park on Steyning’s Memorial Playing Field have been unveiled.
Steyning Parish Council posted the plans on its website on Monday, along with the noise assessment and recommendations.
Residents are invited to view the designs at the Steyning Centre on Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm, when members of the parish council will be on hand to answer questions.
Chairman David Barling made the announcement at the parish council meeting on Monday evening.
He said he hoped people would view the designs and make up their own minds, after months of controversy surrounding the plans.
The designs, along with a management plan, will be submitted to Horsham District Council for planning consent.
The management plan has to ensure “the facility is used properly and all youngsters who wish to skateboard, ride a BMX bike or a scooter have the opportunity to do so safely and fairly and that the behaviour of the youngsters towards each other and others is acceptable.”
The council said the there will be a management team comprising three councillors, three users (ideally, a skateboarder, BMX and scooter rider), a Neighbourhood Warden/PCSO and a local resident. This team will report to Steyning Parish Council.
“The management team will be responsible for ensuring the efficient running of the facility, including security, cleaning and user conduct,” states the management plan.
“By having equal standing on the management team, the users will take ‘ownership’ of the facility.
“The management team will meet regularly and will monitor closely how the facility is used. ”
The plan makes it clear that graffiti will not be tolerated.
Inspections would take place weekly and a notice providing the procedure for fault reporting would be provided at the site.
“The parish council will use CCTV to enable monitoring of activity at, and in the vicinity of, the skateboard facility,” the plan continues.
“The Neighbourhood Wardens and/or PCSO will patrol the area regularly and ensure that there is no usage after dusk.
“In line with other facilities, it is expected that users will ‘self-police’ the facility and will not abuse the curfew through risk of closure.”
There will be zero tolerance of any antisocial or bullying behaviour, with the ultimate sanction being the closure of the facility for a specified period.
“The facility is to be used safely and fairly, and its use should not impinge on the enjoyment of others using MPF,” says the parish council.
“The use of a skateboard facility has a real sense of theatre and many participants will enjoy watching and learning from others, while they wait their turn.
“Patience and consideration will foster a natural sense of respect.”
n At the parish council meeting on Monday, the Friends of Memorial Playing Field asked to put forward an alternative proposal to site the skate park at the leisure centre car park and it was agreed three of its members could make a presentation to a meeting of the working party.
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