Sussex

Shoreham roller rink facing closure after complaints

A roller skating rink in West Sussex is facing closure following complaints from neighbours about late-night noise.

Get Your Skates On opened eight months ago in the disused Parcelforce building on Brighton Road in Shoreham.

Adur District Council has refused the owners a six-month licence to trade from the end of the month.

Owner Maria Fry said she had received some complaints from people at the rear of the building, but had complied with all the regulations concerning noise.

'Unneighbourly behaviour'

"We are very busy, we have lots of families - old and young alike... it's good all round family fun," she said.

The rink is regularly used by the all-female Brighton Rockers Roller Derby club team for its training and events.

Kris Wortlinger, who helps run the team, said losing the site was unthinkable.

"There's just nowhere else like it in this area, and certainly not in the south of England, where we can train.

"We can have the facility to ourselves and we can host events here," she said.

Councillor Mike Mendoza, whose ward the rink comes under, said the council had received a number of complaints from residents of "unneighbourly behaviour".

"It was only ever going to be a temporary permission... they were trading for two months illegally before they actually got their original permission."

Mr Mendoza added that the owners of the Parcelforce site had put in an application for redevelopment, and the council were helping the owners of the rink to find an alternative location.

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