Following a recent inspection the Hollingdean skate ramps have failed to meet legal standards so are about to be removed.
The council’s Parks Projects Manager inspected the metal ramps last week with an advisor from a skate ramp company. They have contacted local councillors to inform them it has been recommended the area is closed as soon as possible. This is due to the riding surface on 3 ramps being badly damaged or missing. He also felt the general construction and spacing of the metal bearers supporting the ramps did not lend themselves to effective or economically viable repairs to the surfaces.
Most of the Skateparks in the City are now concrete parks which require limited maintenance, however the site at Hollingdean Park has both a concrete skate park and ramps constructed of metal, wood and other materials.
The ramps are too old and in no state to be easily moved to a new area, moved the ramps would no longer comply to the British standard wheeled sports EN14974.
In a play area unfit ramps would normally be fenced off. In this location it is very likely that the fence would be pulled down very quickly and become a hazard in itself.This situation combines with limited funding to maintain features.
The ramps will be removed early this week.
If you have any comments or questions about this our Councillor Tracey Hill is happy to pass them on – firstname.lastname@example.org
Update 21 Feb
There is no budget to replace the ramps. Friends of Hollingdean Park representatives have shared the knowledge that groups of children/young adults still use them. What could happen in this space now?
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