The States of Jersey Police, Transport and Technical Service, the Youth Service, Community Sports Development, the Parish of St Helier and the Friends of Millennium Town Park are delighted to announce that following public consultation the ball cage at the park will be converted into a skate park for a three month trial.
Over the past few months the groups have been working together to make best use of the park by taking into account the views of those using it, initially in response to sustained complaints of noise and low level anti-social behaviour.
The States of Jersey Police carried out a comprehensive study of park users and residents to find out what could be done to improve the park, and what more police could do to engage the public there. The results of the survey can be found on the police website at jersey.police.uk.
Following a final meeting in St Helier last Thursday it was decided to hold a three month trial of the skate park over the summer months, using removable equipment provided by the Youth Service.
Inspector Mark Coxshall, Head of the Operational Support Unit said: “Millennium Park is a lovely place for people to go, but occasionally we have had complaints. The aim for us at the outset was to resolve these issues and to make the park an even nicer place for people to spend time.
“Following the public surveys we have met with all groups to discuss the options and I am delighted to say that we are all in agreement that the ball cage should be trialled as a skate park. This is a good example of partners working together to find longer term solutions and tackle the cause as opposed to consequence.
“The area will provide a safe place for young people to skate, away from the road, and we hope shows them that the older generation are listening to their views and do want them to be in the park enjoying themselves.”
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