Police are taking a novel approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in Blackpool – by applying to have a skatepark installed at a park.
Officers in Claremont are applying for £100,000 of funding for the redevelopment of an area of Claremont park in a bid to reduce the number of residents frustrated by anti-social behaviour from youngsters.
Residents have called on police to do something to stop youngsters using the steps and rails around Claremont Court on their skateboards and scooters.
This is the first look at how the play area for skateboard and scooter riders could look if funding bids are approved.
PC Matt Hornby, community beat manager for Claremont, said: “We do get complaints that children are hanging around, but they’ve said all they’re trying to do is play and there’s nowhere to do that.
“My job is to deal with all issues in the community and, if it’s going to help reduce anti-social behaviour, then that benefits everyone.”
The area being mooted is around 40m by 15m in size and is close to existing play areas. Funding bids are now to be put in to Sport England and Veolia.
Now, officers are inviting residents to attend a consultation evening to give their feedback on the plans, at Claremont Community Centre, on Dickson Road, on May 12 from 4pm.
The proposal has already been given the thumbs-up by the skating community and councillors.
Woody, owner of Big Woody’s skate shop on Talbot Road, Blackpool, said: “A lot of local people would use it and it would bring people in, too.
“It does seem strange police doing this, but if you can stop crime by giving people something to do then it’s got to be good.”
Coun Sylvia Taylor, ward councillor for Claremont, said: “It’s a good idea, it would be an asset to have something for the youngsters to use.”