Pledge that views will be listened to over proposed Norwich city centre skateboard ban

A proposed byelaw could ban skateboarders like Joseph Kerr from skating in Norwich city centre. Photo by Simon Finlay. A proposed byelaw could ban skateboarders like Joseph Kerr from skating in Norwich city centre. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:48 AM

Skateboarders will be consulted over a controversial byelaw which would ban them from using their boards in part of Norwich city centre, council leaders have insisted.

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In a move proposed because of damage which Norwich City Council bosses say skaters have caused to the war memorial and City Hall, skateboarders who continue to ride within a certain area could be taken to court or given police cautions.

But skateboarders have accused the council of taking too heavy-handed an approach and questioned whether the damage has been caused by them.

The byelaw would cover a large part of the city centre. It includes the memorial gardens, Hay Hill, Gaol Hill, The Forum, Castle Meadow, London Street, Exchange Street, St Andrews Street and the gardens at Norwich Castle. The council’s controlling Labour cabinet agreed in June to recommend that the council make the byelaw, but the issue has yet to come before the full council.

At a recent council meeting, Green city councillor Lucy Howard, who represents Mancroft ward, questioned how the council intended to carry out the four-week consultation which will be needed and, in particular, how the council would get the views of “key, hard-to-reach stakeholders” such as the skateboarders themselves.

Keith Driver, the council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “In terms of the skateboarders, we are taking the advice of the skateboarding community on how best to consult. However, skateboarders are just one part of the community affected by skateboarding.

“We need to consider the impact on everyone, including local businesses, organisations representing our veterans, other users of the open space and the general public.

“As far as the consultation is concerned, we are currently looking at how best to consult with those stakeholders, but I am sure you would appreciate that I would not want to second guess how the outcome would impact on the final byelaw. I want to keep an open mind.”

Do you think the byelaw to stop skateboarding is a good idea? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

9 comments

  • Well said Jonny and Jason. Those who accuse skateboarders and write reams to denigrate these youngsters, should wake up at City Hall. Norwich City owns a perfectly suited site next to the inner ring road and within the confines of Chapelfiled park, so why can this not be turned into a top notch facillity first, before this sort of scurrillous accusations turn to bans. These young skaters want to be in the inner City not tucked away in Eaton were there are no facillities, services or shops nearby, so, thinking caps on, if we can find lottery funding for relatives of WW victims, then we can find it for this cause, surely!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I saw a skateboarder yesterday boarding down a footpath, he came across a couple of unexpecting pedestrians and fell into the path of cyclists on the cycle path, then swore at the cyclist as if it was his fault the skateboarder had fallen off whilst nearly running down pedestrians. As for using it as a GREEN mode of transport, are they too lazy to walk?

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Not all skateboarders are disrespectful. Alot of them use boards as a mode of GREEN transport to get to the city and to work. There are alot of disrespectful cyclist in the city but they won't ban them will they!

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    local lass

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Not all skateboarders are disrespectful. Alot of them use boards as a mode of GREEN transport to get to the city and to work. There are alot of disrespectful cyclist in the city but they won't ban them will they!

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    local lass

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I remember being a kid and newsagents shops having 'only 2 schoolkids at a time' signs. I think the city will be closed down to everybody soon and have a sign up only allowing 5 pedestrians. Cyclist seem to be the exemption to the rule.

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    Jason Burgess

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • The solution is so simple.Bring back the trams and let them use the tramlines.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Keep the skateboarders, ban the mobility scooters.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • The pigeons are the biggest menace at the war memorial; they should be given cautions and if they reoffend should be shot!!!! Give skateboarders a break.

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    Jonny

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • There is an easy way to see if damage has been caused to the War Memorial by Skateboarders , its known as CCTV footage. Fact is they shouldn't be using the War Memorial for their entertainment in the first place. Clear those that do, have no respect, so if they are fined and get a caution no sympathy. However there are areas which could be used such as the land under the Magdalen Street Flyover, but there is a Skateboard Park in Norwich so use it for what its there for, SIMPLES The numerous amount of times I have seen Skateboarders nearly knock someone over is a concern, and when someone says somethng all they end up with is abuse. Not all Skateboarders are disrespectful, and unfortunately is is the more Civilised ones that get painted with the same brush.

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    che bramley

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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