Improving our local play areas

Cllr John Ritchie chats to locals about the chance of a skatepark in the Falsgrave community area..Picture Richard Ponter133506

Cllr John Ritchie chats to locals about the chance of a skatepark in the Falsgrave community area..Picture Richard Ponter133506

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A group of Scarborough youngsters have joined forces to campaign for a new skatepark in their neighbourhood.

The children have gathered more than 100 signatures in the Seamer Road, Falsgrave Park and Edgehill area.

The petition has now been presented to Falsgrave Park ward councillor John Ritchie, along with a letter by 13-year-old Matthew Pedley explaining the campaign.

Matthew, who lives off Seamer Road, explains that he and his friends enjoy playing out on their scooters, bikes and skateboards, but that they don’t have a suitable place to go.

He said: “We’re not allowed to play on the street because some people have complained that we make too much noise.

“Some of my friends go to Hairy Bob’s skate park, but some people’s mums are concerned that if we got hurt we’d be a long way from home.”

Matthew added: “We would like to ask for your help in finding and building somewhere where children can play safe.”

Cllr Ritchie said: “It’s great to see young people engaging with the community in this way.

“The fact they’re taken the time and trouble to go round asking people to sign a petition is absolutely fantastic.”

He added: “The lack of facilities for young people in this area is an important issue.

“Falsgrave Park ward is in the top ten of the most deprived areas in the country when it comes to children’s wellbeing.

“The borough and county councils need to be working together to make sure the situation is improved.”

Cllr Ritchie said that Hairy Bob’s skate park in Marine Drive is a fantastic facility, but that he can understand parents’ concerns about the distance away from Falsgrave and Seamer Road.

He added: “It’s about making sure there’s enough safe places to play locally.”