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Sprotborough skate park revamp 'stopped by vandals'

A skate park for youngsters in South Yorkshire will not be extended despite having planning permission because a parish council has said it is a site of anti-social behaviour.

Permission to extend the park, at Anchorage Lane at Sprotborough, was given by Doncaster Council in 2010.

Sprotborough parish council said there was under-age drinking and bonfires.

Volunteer community group, Area 51, said youngsters were suffering because of vandals.

Steve Gratton, who works with the Area 51 community group, said any problems at the site were not caused by the skaters and scooter riders.

'Bonfire in park'

He said: "It's not the kids who use the park, it's the hangers-on - it's the kids who turn up late in the evening with their crate of beer and building a bonfire.

"The kids that use the park don't make a bonfire in the middle of the park and they're not smashing beer bottles in the park.

"You know, they don't want to ride on broken glass.

"You're going to get this kind of behaviour in most public parks."

Mr Gratton said the group had tried to communicate with the parish council but to no avail.

He said an offer had been made to install CCTV at the skate park, which, he added "was the size of a tennis court with 50 or 60 youngsters" trying to use it.

In a statement, Sprotborough Parish Council said: "There are other sporting facilities on the site where the skate park is located - football pitches, a sports pavilion, children's playground and a scouts' building - there is very limited off street parking with no means to extend parking facilities.

"There has been many instances of anti-social behaviour associated with the skate park including fire setting and evidence of drug use and regular under-age drinking."

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