Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line?
Is it any wonder that no one trusts our council?
On the one hand Thanet District Council were providing possitive feedback on the Little Oasis Skate Park but on the other hand called it unlawful. Which is it guys? Pick one and stick with it.
The Little Oasis Skate Park was built by and funded by members of the local community on a long time derelict site. By all reports the council had been very possitive about the project and police and fire services had been supportive of the project with crime rates falling in the area as a result of the skate area.
Then, because exactly no one had been hurt there ever, they cited health and safety and bulldozed the site.
Very sad to see pictures of the Little Oasis skate park being flattened by JCBs this morning . . . . #cliftonville— Chloe Young (@reworksstudio) March 27, 2014
According to a freedom of information request Thanet District Council became suddenly worried about "health and saftey" and not wanting to be sued ignored everything they had said before and knocked the park down. It is claimed that the council is planning to build three other skate parks but details of these are currently not available...
The skate park is unlawful and the occupancy of the skaters amounts to trespass says the justification (See further down the page). The council say this while we are also told that the council was actively encouraging the developers of the skate park and, by all reports, giving them only possitive feedback.
This is some pretty poor miscommunication.
The move took people by surprise upsetting many.
I don't understand why the Cliftonville Skate Park has been demolished. I was told that the ABC (A Better Cliftonville) Group had big plans— Peter Davis (@peterdav2000) March 27, 2014
A petition calling for restorative action by TDC has already reached 2,800 signitures.
After taking away this crime reducing community project that hurt no one and did a lot of good the council tried saying that they would set up a mobile site for skating for a week or so in May because that's almost as good... (not).
Below is a link to the document in question as shared on Facebook.