MP seeks skate park views

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SHEFFIELD South East MP Clive Betts has pledged to ask residents for their views on how a controversial new skate park is operating.

Sheffield Council’s south east community assembly approved plans for the skate park on Occupation Lane, Hackenthorpe, last autumn and construction is due to start in April.

Two petitions containing a total of 106 signatures were submitted against the park from residents worried about a possible increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

Meanwhile, young people from around the area sent in a 279-signature petition in favour.

The youngsters said the park would engage young people into positive activities and exercise.

One Hackenthorpe resident said: “There remains concern about how the skate park will operate, because we are expecting a lot of young people to come in from outside the area.

“We already have problems such as youths throwing stones from the tram tracks. Quite a few people have had glass broken in their windows.

“One woman had £500 damage to her conservatory.”

Labour MP Mr Betts said: “Once the park has been up and running for a couple of months, I have promised that I will write to surrounding residents to see how things are going.”

The council says there will be CCTV at the skate park site and it will also carry out a review into how the facility has been operating after 18 months.