[imc-liverpool] Public Protest 'Skate Park & Bylaws' - Liverpool City Centre
Darren.Kelly at pts-consulting.co.uk
Thu Aug 12 07:10:22 PDT 2010
As you know, the last public consultation in 2008 has not provided a permanent solution or an interim for providing skate parks for Liverpool.
We are now looking to organise a very large public protest against Liverpool City Council's position on skate parks and bylaws. Namely criminalising young people for the using their skateboards, bikes and blades in Liverpool, but providing no real alternative (and legal) facility for them to practice their chosen sports/lifestyle. Despite thousands being spent on at least 3 public consultations over 10 yrs on skate parks there is no firm pledge or attempt to do anything within any agreed timescale. This situation remains unacceptable even in the current economic climate - especially when facilities are still being planned and provided across the UK right now. The embarrassing fact remains that Liverpool remains to this day as one of the only cities in Europe that does not have any public skate park facilities. I know you will agree that young people in Liverpool are no less entitled to the same opportunities as given to those in other cities. So something must be done, and it must be done immediately.
As we know, the previous leader of the City Council Warren Bradley constantly deferred any decision to you and took no responsibility for the skate park issue for well over 10 years (remembering he was the executive member for Leisure and Culture previously!). All the evidence was provided and uncontested as to why 'skate parks are needed in Liverpool'. The current situation does not reflect well on Liverpool. Poorer people are excluded from our sports as the only facility located in Aintree (Rampworx) is a private facility and charges £13 a day. The Hub Festival 'celebrates' our sports/lifestyle - yet leaves us with nothing all year round. Liverpool City Council are spending over a £50,000 a year on a temporary skate park provision. 6 years of the Hub Festival would have already provided at least one decent skate park already. This isn't sustainable or best forward planning when we have dire need for permanent skate park facilities for our own community.
What we want to achieve:
1. A large permanent skate park at Otterspool Park (As agreed in the public consultation) - funding bids agreed and put in place.
2. As part of the redevelopment of Edge Lane the derelict skate park to be rebuilt with S106
3. A small city centre skate plaza/park (we have a DIY one built by dedicated young people and supported by the artists community)
4. Prescribed use of skateboards, bmx's and rollerblade in agreed areas in the city centre - at least until one of the above is completed
5. Wardens/Police not instructed to confiscate skateboards and issue £60 fines to young people who can least afford it - at least until all the above is completed.
Can you forward this on to the relevant people, as I would like the public protest to a legal one and work with the local authority and Police force frameworks for such protest marches.
I will forward the dates and times when I have them.
07961 910 369
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