Improvements for skate park

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  • Improvements to be made to encourage skaters to stay out of Queens Square
  • Jump box and half-pipe to be replaced

Improvements are to be made to the skate park in an attempt to dissuade youngsters from using their boards in the town centre.

The issue was raised at a meeting of the full borough council on Wednesday (April 1) during a discussion about the regeneration of Queens Square, which is being funded in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The key thing is not to be influenced by fear of what people might do to what we are creating, otherwise we won’t create anything

Cllr Bob Lanzer

One of the features in the square which will be removed during the £3million revamp is the ‘basin’ in front of the bandstand.

Cllr Peter Smith, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said a number of concerns had been brought to his attention, including the fear skateboarders would return to the square once the artificial grass in the ‘basin’ was removed.

Cllr Smith said: “We have met with the skateboarders and, as a result, we will be doing work on the skate park.”

A council spokesman said the improvements would see a replacement jump box installed at the park, in Southgate Avenue, this year and a replacement half-pipe fitted next year.

He added: “We’re in discussions with the Crawley Freestyle Association about future improvements.”

Cllr Bob Lanzer (Con, Pound Hill South & Worth) praised the Queens Square regeneration as “a fine example of joint working between two local authorities”.

He added: “I think it’s creative, I think it’s imaginative.”

Calling on people to not focus on the negative side of what might be, he said: “The key thing is not to be influenced by fear of what people might do to what we are creating, otherwise we won’t create anything.

“It’s a good project, good for the town, and is more likely 
to stop businesses moving away.

“But more work is needed to attract businesses to it.”

Work on Queens Square is due to start in early 2016.