A bowling club on Fleetwood’s seafront has added its voice to concerns about the siting of a planned new skatepark nearby.
The forthcoming skate facility, part of Wyre Council’s £1.5m Five For Fleetwood Project, has been hailed by many as excellent news for the town, especially for young people.
But not everyone is happy.
Last month, some hoteliers and residents on the town’s seafront said they were worried about the location on The Esplanade, saying it would become a magnet for yobs.
They have even launched a petition. Now, members of the nearby Belmont Bowling Club have questioned the position of the skatepark as well. Dave Wright, chairman of the club, said; “We are certainly not against a the idea of a skatepark, which would be a welcome new amenity for Fleetwood’s youth. But we just feel there are far more suitable places for it to operate.
“Our members, who are mainly pensioners, enjoy their bowling on our green most afternoons and evenings.
“We are not labelling the skaters vandals or hooligans, but an amenity like that will inevitably attract the mindless, destructive element.
“This past winter, we have been subjected to severe vandalism, both to our green and our wooden shelters, costing us dear in repairs.”
The bowlers say possible alternative sites would be land across from the Sea Cadet Base, the old tennis courts in the Memorial Park, the Freeport area or King George’s at Broadwater.
But Sharon Bailey, vice-chairman of Fleetwood Skatepark Committee, has said it is wrong to link the skatepark to yobbishness and believes it will complement other facilities on the seafront.
A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “No final decisions have been taken on Five For Fleetwood and, once plans have been drawn up, the council will be happy to discuss the scheme and its location with the public.”