Skateboarders have been accused of wrecking a new £7.5million public square by using it as a playground for their stunts and tricks.
The groups of teenagers practise their moves in the revamped areas around Southend’s Victoria Gateway. But passers-by pointed out their boards had scored deep gouges in some of the new seating and decorative paving, and even chipped off the corner of a bench.*sigh*
Time to bring back the men in high-vis?
Oh, wait! Some people are happy about this, in the comments:
Tom from Southend says...
What a load of sad, whinging, boring, sterile people you lot must be. We have these spaces for people to be in, to add vibrancy and life to what is a boring junction and you lot moan. Better to have skaters than drunks and louts. When stuck in traffic they are great to watch. Keep skating lads its a great place for it. Also what a great way for visitors to see this going on. Reclaim our spaces from traffic and sterile Council planning!Yeah, reclaim it! Make sure the elderly and infirm and visually-impaired are scared to use it!
im a skateboarder and i skate there regularly and all we do is use the flatground causing no damage to anything so i dont see the problem? if its that much of an issue why dont the council spend a few grand making a skatepark for us like we asked instead of spending millions on a bit of concrete...'Give us what we want or else!'