Ban on use of TCR Hub skatepark during winter nights
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
EVENING use of a skatepark is to be prohibited during the winter in a bid to resolve issues that have arisen at a charity-run venue.
Only three young skaters attended a meeting at the TCR Hub, in Barnard Castle. It had been set up to discuss how the skate park would run in future. The Hub has said skaters have been coming and going as they please but the venue needs to know who is on site at all times in case there is an emergency.
Rachel Tweddle, chief executive of the TCR Hub, said: “I am incredibly disappointed that yet again the majority of the facility users did not attend the meeting or let me know they could not attend.
“The meeting was set up following a request from them to organise evening access and I can’t organise this without speaking to the group to clarify our position.”
However, Ms Tweddle said a number of measures were agreed and they will be trialed until the end of the year.
Daylight use of the skate park, which is located at the rear of the Hub, will continue free of charge. However, evening between of October and April will be banned.
An online calendar will be added to the TCR Hub’s social media pages informing users of private bookings and closing times and all users will be asked to sign in and out at the main reception.
Ms Tweddle added: “We would like to thank the three boys who did attend for their commitment to the facility, passion and knowledge about skating and understanding the context of the meeting.
“We are committed to continuing the project but do need to see participation from more facility users before any more funding can be sought.”
She asked any users of the skatepark who wish to be involved in the development of the site to contact her at the TCR Hub.