A skateboard ban in Norwich city centre is needed to stop pedestrians from being hit, a councillor has claimed.

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Efforts to introduce an anti-skating by-law were approved by the city council’s cabinet yesterday, and must face full council next month.

If the local law is brought in, then skateboarders who continue to skate within the area to which it applies could be taken to court or given police cautions.

The by-law would cover a large part of the city centre including the memorial gardens, Hay Hill, Gaol Hill, The Forum, Castle Meadow, London Street, Exchange Street, St Andrews Street and the gardens at Norwich Castle.

By-law could ban skateboarders from Norwich city centre
Skateboarders speak out against Norwich city centre bans

Keith Driver, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, told yesterday’s meeting that skateboarding should not be permitted in the city centre.

“It is not safe for fellow citizens walking around, not fair on the elderly or vulnerable who have been hit, hurt and knocked over by skateboarders and often intimidated,” he said. “And it shows no respect to our fallen heroes who we honour at the war memorial.”

He said he had received dozens of emails supporting this, and there were many dedicated skateparks where young people could go - including a £300,000 skatepark at Eaton.

He hoped better signs would be introduced at the bus and train stations to guide people to local skateparks.

Andrew Boswell, councillor for Nelson ward, said he felt there should be some consultation with young people before introducing a by-law for fear of alienating them.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said the authority had received correspondence from as far afield as Beccles about the proposal.

Another concern expressed in a council report, calling for the by-law, was damage to the war memorial.

If full council agrees to the by-law proposal it would have to be advertised for four weeks before being submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation.

27 comments

  • The skaters may be a pain and may be causing some damage, but cyclists are a far bigger problem, I doubt anything will be done until one of them kills a child or a pensioner, even with their own cycle ways they can't stay off the pavement. Even with all the cycles in Cambridge it's safer to walk there. I used to wonder why there were so many vandalised cycles in the city, now I understand why and good luck to whoever's doing it, they may save a life. end quote. This is a stupidly irresponsible remark. Presumably this person advocates cutting the brake cables on parked cars because some drivers speed ?

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    harry smith

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • A web comment you posted has been rejected by a site moderator. Article Name: Norwich city centre skateboard ban moves a step closer Comment: I'm not a Skateboarder but my son is. My son & his friends are being punished for the stupid disrespectful youngsters that clearly do not understand that certain places are off limits. How can Norwich City Council react with such a Knee Jerk over reaction but this just does not surprise me. They should be more concerned with the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital lack of Hospital Beds or Lack of Housing or maybe the fact that so many people in Norwich are turning to food banks in this day and age. Obesity is apparently on the rise so what better way can they deal with this issue oh I know........... Stop young people from exercising because believe me Skate boarding does keep you fit. I have never been hassled by the young people in Norwich skating it's part of our City so why don't we take a Referendum and vote but make it fair not some unfair old farts making and taking our decisions away. Stop tarnishing the Skaters with the same brush and give them a dedicated place to go in the City there are many many unused spaces that could become spectacular for Skaters and involve them and LISTEN to them. Speak to them after all these young and not so young skaters are human and deserve a say in their future. I believe Keith Drive is totally exaggerating or being economical with the truth. Despicable.

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    egg

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • I say get rid of them, but Stuart Sayer makes a good point

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    Rorping

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • I could not be more upset and disappointed with the way this is going. YES people should not skateboard the war memorial but what about the people who are spitting their gum on the floor, littering and dropping their fag buds? surly this is just as disrespectful? The damage is not skateboarding but is from many different causes. Much of the damage was from the building if the memorial. ive seen children as young as 6 chip at the rock on scooters. The damage is caused by a mixed bag of incidents. Are people only aloud to be in the city if they are to spend money? the culture in Norwich is pathetic. Without the city where else can we go? Eaton is a lazy excuse. If the ban goes ahead people are only going to stretch out to the suburban areas of Norwich, surly this is much worse? I believe skateboarding the war memorial is disrespectful, of course! but how do you stop things that are titled as being disrespectful. my answer to this is to educate people on what it means. A polite sign that tells people not to do such activities could have worked very well! Why wait till now? i believe that the people who work at the corner of city hall are fed up with people who skates their, fair enough! why not ask us to move? why hasn't this ever happened? most people who skate are respectful and all that needs to take place is a discussion NOT a ban. Many people who appose the ban are suggesting the development of a smooth bit of land in the city centre to be open for skateboarders. I understand that the council have very tight budgets but this can be turned into a positive. Develop this to a community project! Many of my friends and i arent lazy as they point out. many of us are creatives and create and run our own companies and projects. Give us a smooth flat surface in the city and we could raise money to help fund parts for the space. I feel that this is a lack of understanding of the war memorial but also massive unawareness of what skateboarding is! Some people Just want to remove it with out confronting us. Just talk to us, many of us are respectful! I can not express my sadness into words. I AM disappointed in my council and the city i live in. An already Alienated person who just happens to skateboard. Callum Painter

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    callumpainter95

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I have never ever skateboarded on the memorial or that area and I don't associate with people that might. I have been a skater for over ten years. I have great respect for everyone especially people who have served our country. This is utterly disgusting. In all my years skateboarding I have never ever hit or intimidated anyone let alone old people. I have never seen any incident like it. We skateboarders are being made out as disrespectful intimidating rude people and it is appalling the way they are alienating skateboarders and young people from society and as always they are using eaton park as their back up. Eaton is overrun with scooters, children running and sliding around like it's a playground and remote control cars all over the place. The council should be ashamed. They clearly don't know the first thing about skateboarding or the culture.

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    Alex.E

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I agree to the ban on skating in the war memorial, but where do the council expect skateboarders to go? Why cant they utilize chapelfield gardens and put a skate park in there doesnt have to be big perhaps the size of a 5 a size football pitch? just a smooth surface with some jumps and rails . and have it fenced off so skateboarders can have fun and not get in anyones way?

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    Stuart Sayer

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I'm not a Skateboarder but my son is. My son & his friends are being punished for the stupid disrespectful youngsters that clearly do not understand that certain places are off limits. How can Norwich City Council react with such a Knee Jerk over reaction but this just does not surprise me. They should be more concerned with the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital lack of Hospital Beds or Lack of Housing or maybe the fact that so many people in Norwich are turning to food banks in this day and age. Obesity is apparently on the rise so what better way can they deal with this issue oh I know........... Stop young people from exercising because believe me Skate boarding does keep you fit. I have never been hassled by the young people in Norwich skating it's part of our City so why don't we take a Referendum and vote but make it fair not some unfair old farts making and taking our decisions away. Stop tarnishing the Skaters with the same brush and give them a dedicated place to go in the City there are many many unused spaces that could become spectacular for Skaters and involve them and LISTEN to them. Speak to them after all these young and not so young skaters are human and deserve a say in their future.

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    egg

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Yes, but they're entitled to do that Monkeynuts because they pay "road tax" silly! Besides, it's the roads that are the problem not the chimpanzees behind the wheel, oh, no, no, no. They're victims of a nasty, wasty world conspiring against them you see.

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    frank young

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Good grief, they'll be banning heavy metal music from the city centre next because of the satanic messages instilled within the records if you play them backwards. Oh hang on, it's the 21st century!! What a bunch of narrow minded red-necks, using their logic, all cars should be banned for the damage they cause to public property (roads) and the amount of death and maiming caused by incompetent monkeys passing themselves off as members of the human race stuck behind the wheel..One can only dream. Maybe if the skateboarders volunteered a special pavement tax, third party insurance, formal training, dayglo reflective clothing, compulsory helmet wearing and lights front and rear, the council would leave them alone..

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    frank young

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • In an average week the edp will report at least a couple of major road incidents, often resulting in a death or two. In the last week we have had two cars driven into populated shopspub, and I dare anyone to stand outside the school on Constitution hill during rush hour and not notice the 45 motorists breaking the speed limit . Its also very common to see damaged railing in the city center from car damage. If it was cyclists or skateboarders doing this I can only imagine the outcry there would be, but because motorists are doing it, it gets forgotten and dismissed pretty quickly.

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    monkeynuts

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • This weekend twenty children were killed or seriously injured by drivers, like the young girl killed in a hit and run in Sheffield.In London (1998-2007), just 2% of pedestrian collision injuries on the pavement involved cycles; the other 98% involved motor vehicles. During the 3-year period 1998-2000 out of a total of 2,630 pedestrians killed on the roads, 185 were killed by vehicles on footways. Of these 185, one was killed by a bicycle and the remaining 184 were killed by motor vehicles. So you are nearly 200 times more likely to be killed on the pavement by a motor vehicle as by a bicycle. You are nearly 3,000 times more likely to die as a result of some other road traffic incident, such as a driver failing to yield right of way on a crossing. There are, in short, much bigger things to worry about.

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    harry smith

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • As someone who has never skateboarded in their life, I couldn't disagree more strongly with this. I walk through the city centre on a daily basis and have never had any issue with any skateboarder. Clearly, I am sure there have been isolated instances, but these should be addressed with the individuals concerned, not a blanket ban. Banning all skateboarding in the city centre is both unwarranted and unfair. There is already very little for young people to do in the centre of Norwich, and this will only make that worse. The existing skateparks mentioned are some way out from the city centre and not conveniently located for many.

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    Will

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • All activities within the law should be allowed !..All activities outside the law should be disallowed !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • It would surely be easier if cyclists and skateboarders were banned from the city centre and then cyclists could leave their bikes in secure compounds around the inner ring road. That would make the streets of Norwich much safer and truly pedestrianised, I would certainly be happy to do that

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    blister

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • The skaters may be a pain and may be causing some damage, but cyclists are a far bigger problem, I doubt anything will be done until one of them kills a child or a pensioner, even with their own cycle ways they can't stay off the pavement. Even with all the cycles in Cambridge it's safer to walk there. I used to wonder why there were so many vandalised cycles in the city, now I understand why and good luck to whoever's doing it, they may save a life.

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    mr mayhem

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I think this is shameful and unnecessary. I've never seen skateboarders being disrespectful of the war memorial. Consultation with them about the perceived problems should the first step and sensible solutions found. Next the small minded will want to ban busking - keep Norwich's streets alive, I say.

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    Rich Hartt

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I am almost 50 - never owned a skateboard in my life. I hate the noise and some of teh damage they cause but a blanket ban is mental. The council clearly haven't consulted because they dont understand teh psyche of teh 'boarders, who like the unorthadox challenge that street furniture and architecture offers them. Skate parks have their place but they are a sterile place to carry out the sport, once you have ridden a few half pipes and jumped some ramps and gone round a bowl, thats it. How many times do you do that before its dull? If you are looking for something to do with the old Mecca site opposite John Lewis, involve these kids and let them design their own city centre facility

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • The idea of a city wide ban is ridiculous. Let kids be kids.

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    monkeynuts

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • @blister " they bring shame on those few law abiding cyclists such as myself". Why? Do speeding motorists being shame on motorists?

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    monkeynuts

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • A skateboard ban is ridiculous. The kids have hardly anything to do already. Yes there are skate parks but when you force all the kids into one area there is conflict. They need to spread out. I suppose the council would like them all sat quietly in a corner somewhere. My son is a keen skateboarder and is always careful of others. A ban on mobile phones is more sensible. The amount of time people have knocked into me or stepped out in front of my car because they are concentrating on their phone call or app is infuriating.

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    Kathy

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • If we want to avoid injuries, it's cars we should worry about. In Great Britain between 2008 and 2012, there were 2 pedestrian deaths involving cyclists on pavements or verges, whereas on average, 39 pedestrians each year were killed by motor vehicles on pavementsverges. In London (1998-2007), just 2% of pedestrian collision injuries on the pavement involved cycles; the other 98% involved motor vehicles Have there been any actual injuries from skateboards? Mr Driver says people "have been hit, hurt and knocked over" - any numbers on this? And if you want to go from the train station to Eaton Park with your skateboard, as many do, a direct route takes you past...the war memorial. Perhaps concentrating on protecting vulnerable structures rather than marginalising a subculture would be more productive (and easier to enforce).

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    insert

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • I'm going to bite like a Urugauyan footballer, explain Wipsnide?

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • The only people who count are petrolheads and car junkies.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • ".....they bring shame on those few law abiding cyclists such as myself....". You couldn't make it up.Priceless.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • High time there was a ban on cyclists using the city centre, it has become to dangerous for pedestrians to use the footpaths because of cyclists using them particularly on London street and it is only a matter of time before a child or elderly person is seriously injured, they bring shame on those few law abiding cyclists such as myself

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    blister

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • And the cyclists? Do they get to stay on the pavement or will this include them as well?

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    Andy T

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Skateboarders are a menace on public footpaths, but and it's is a big but, with the impending reductions in PCSO's and Police Officers how is this going to be enforced?

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

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