Kenilworth mayor wants town's skatepark reopened to help both skaters and police and is urging residents to support him
Skateboarders should be allowed to use skate park at Castle Farm Recreation Centre in Keniworth again, the mayor of the town has said.
At present, due to Covid-19 restrictions, skaters and others such as BMX and scooter riders and rollerbladers, are not allowed to use the facility despite public playgrounds being open.
In light of Boris Johnson's recent announcement regarding the Government's 'roadmap' for getting the country out of lockdown Cllr Richard Dickson said: "while there have been announcements about golf and other outdoor sports, there has not been any announcement yet made skateboarding.
"As a result access to the skatepark at Castle Farm is still not possible even though access to children's playgrounds is open.
"Skateboarding is an Olympic sport and is very popular amongst young people. In Kenilworth we have a well-used skatepark at Castle Farm which was established more than 15 years ago thanks to a huge community effort at the time.
"Skateboarding allows young people to get exercise and helps with both their physical and mental health.
"Local police have obviously had to respond when young people have been using the skatepark at Castle Farm and have done so in an appropriately sensitive way.
"In the absence of access to the Castle Farm skatepark young people who wish to skateboard will resort to using public spaces such as Abbey End, Talisman Square and Waitrose carpark which is unsafe both for them and for other local residents, as well as potentially damaging to street furniture and vehicles.
"I have been in contact with the governing body for skateboarding, Skateboard GB in Sheffield, who advise that they have been talking to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for two weeks already to get to get clarification as to when skateparks can open.
"I have also written to our MP, Jeremy Wright and a former Secretary of State at DCMS, to urge him to use his influence with government colleagues to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
"I would urge other local residents who wish to see the skatepark reopened to do the same.