Skate park lighting plans prompt calls to tackle antisocial behaviour in Memorial Park

Published on: 03 Jul 2015

Proposals to install lights at Keynsham’s skate park have prompted residents and park users to raise concerns about the levels of antisocial behaviour in the area after dark.

One resident said the town’s Memorial Park has something of a “Jekyll and Hyde” character, with families playing happily in the day while at night it becomes “more sinister”.

Littering, arson, drug-taking and noise all occur in the evening hours, residents have said, and fears have been raised that installing lighting could make the site even more of a hotspot for antisocial behaviour.

“I’m concerned it would be adding more honey to the honeypot,” said one resident.

Keynsham Town Council agreed in February to begin drawing up a planning application for lighting and to get formal quotes. A petition calling for the lights to improve safety at the skate park after dark was presented to the council in 2012 by young members of TimeOut youth drop-in service.

Funding is likely to come from £36,000 of Section 106 funding handed over by developer Taylor Wimpey for youth services as part of the planning agreement for its K2 site.

Residents said they are hoping that the town council will work constructively with them on the issues, suggesting CCTV is installed around the site and that there is more supervision of the park in the evening hours.

One resident said: “I would have no objection to lighting at the skate park on a trial basis but only if these existing issues are tackled to a reasonable level first.”
Recent complaints about littering at the site raised with the town council by several park users and residents prompted members of the youth council Keynsham.

Now to team up with volunteers from Keynsham Wombles and the NeighbourHoodies for a litter pick.

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