On page four of the Lancing Herald it surprised/amazed/annoyed me to read about the possibility of building a skateboard park at Beach Green.
Surely this has been the vision of Electric Storm Youth for the last eight years.
This charity will not only offer supervised skateboard facilities, but a whole range of other activities available to young people to keep them safe and ‘off the streets’.
They have planning permission and are ready to go ahead with the building when sufficient funds become available. All they need now is a sponsor to allow this very necessary dream to become a reality.
If built on Beach Green, it would more than likely be used by visitors to the area, whereas the ESY building is to be built in the centre of the village where the young people gather with nowhere to go, where they feel welcome and safe.
The Shoreham skatepark is unsupervised and mainly used by older youths who can deter younger folk from using it. Indeed, there are parents who will not allow their younger children to use it.
A Beach Green skatepark would be a ‘fair weather’ facility, being only a liability during bad weather and winter months.
ESY would offer not only seven days a week, open all weathers, controlling the numbers using the skateboard area for safety reasons and would be strictly supervised.
It is to be hoped that Lancing Parish Council, which has been incredibly supportive over the years, will continue to be so. Our thanks go to all who are supporting our charity shop in North Road, on the corner of Culver Road, which is bringing in much needed regular income.
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