Skateboarders to be sent packing by studs

ANTI-SKATEBOARDING measures will be introduced in Weston town centre to stop it being damaged and snuff out the threat of injuries to passers-by. Skateboarders have been using areas like the Italian Gardens and the Town Square, off the High Street, to tak

ANTI-SKATEBOARDING measures will be introduced in Weston town centre to stop it being damaged and snuff out the threat of injuries to passers-by.Skateboarders have been using areas like the Italian Gardens and the Town Square, off the High Street, to take advantage of the stretches of concrete to practise their tricks.But passers-by, especially the elderly, have been scared by the way the skateboarders can often fly into the High Street and fear it is not long until someone suffers a serious injury.To combat the problem, small studs will be installed on pavement edges around the Italian Gardens and Town Square so skateboard wheels won't be able go over them.The studs will be put in around the flower beds as well to stop youngsters riding up to them and skidding along them - known as 'grinding'. The practise has lead to flower beds slowly getting more and more damaged.The work is being organised by the Town Centre Partnership, which has also overseen the replacement of about 15 vandalised benches in the Italian Gardens. Benches in the Boulevard and Waterloo Street are also set to be refurbished.


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