Hunts skate park - not as I recall

IN response to the letter from Dean Tyrell (December 23) about Stukeley Meadows skate park, I would like to clarify some points and correct some of his data. Mr Tyrell s impression of the meeting was very different from that held by the majority of those

IN response to the letter from Dean Tyrell (December 23) about Stukeley Meadows skate park, I would like to clarify some points and correct some of his data.

Mr Tyrell's impression of the meeting was very different from that held by the majority of those who attended. I am sure that, when the minutes of the meeting are issued, they will serve to remind him of the detail of what was discussed as, unfortunately, his memory does not serve him well.

Both the residents and the district council have agreed on a series of actions targeted at the problems of parking, noise, litter and anti-social behaviour.

The views expressed at the meeting were the views of a large number of residents, and I was acting as the elected spokesperson for these residents.


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I cannot stress this too strongly: I therefore believe Mr Tyrell should retract his remarks, which were made on an unjustifiably personal basis.

The residents do not agree with his sentiment that anti-social behaviour is acceptable as long as kids are having fun.

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On a matter of accuracy, the facility cost in excess of �250,000 to construct and that does not take into account the running costs of cleaning and maintenance on a daily basis.

As to Mr Tyrell's assertion that 13-year-olds don't cause parking problems, surveys recently conducted by the council have identified that people are travelling large distances by car to use the facility - such as from Cardiff.

At the last meeting with both the district and county councils, the residents were clear in saying they did not wish to see the facility closed at this time. We are awaiting the implementation of the council action plan. Residents were also clear in saying that they wanted to ensure that the facility is a safe and secure area for all users.

We believe the siting of the facility was inappropriate - in a flood plain and nature reserve - and believe it could have been a well-integrated element of the leisure centre a short distance away in St Peter's Road.

JONATHAN MARSHALL

Haweswater

Huntingdon

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