Skatepark CCTV plan

Professional skateboarder Paul Regan will hold an after school club at the Gasworx park next month
Professional skateboarder Paul Regan will hold an after school club at the Gasworx park next month

BRIDLINGTON Town Council has applied for planning permission to install a CCTV camera at the Gasworx skatepark.

The council submitted an application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning department on September 26 after consultations with users of the facility.

The skatepark has been dogged by problems with vandalism since first opening in 2008, but is still well used by skateboard, BMX and scooter fans – especially during school holidays.

Coun Shelagh Finlay, who represents the South Ward on both East Riding of Yorkshire and Bridlington Town councils, said that the CCTV would help protect against any future vandalism.

“The council has met with the outreach youth workers and users of the skatepark and this is something that they wanted to have installed,” said Coun Finlay.

The CCTV camera will sit 10m high and be sited near the acoustic fence at the back of the facility – giving a view of the skatepark and Multi-use games area but not intruding on any houses on Moorfield Road.

The camera will be monitored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, joining the network of other CCTV cameras in the town.

It will be paid for by Bridlington Town Council, Coun Finlay confirmed, but figures on how much the camera will cost are as yet unavailable as they are deemed “commercially sensitive” by the council.

l During November the Extended Schools Service will hold an after school club at the skatepark, with professional skateboarder Paul Regan.

The sessions are free to all and run on Friday November 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 4pm to 6pm.

For more details, please contact Kay Wardle on 07989 178369.