‘skateboarding BY skateboarders FOR skateboarders’


Welcome to the July SSP Newsletter!

Laura Powell, co-designer of Clitheroe skatepark, has offered her services for FREE to the skaters of Southport to assist them in either designing a whole new park from scratch or re-designing the current Kr8er Skatepark.

The Newsletter aims to inform the skatepark users of Southport of skateboard related issues in the town and in other towns/cities across the UK.

We also aim to provide an information resource for councillors and other interested parties in the town who are involved with skateboarding and skateparks.

Please contact us at the e mail address with any comments on articles or requests for further information. Next issue out August 1st.

Inside this issue you will find:
Kr8er to close for repairs Council takes action against skateboarders Skateboarding in London 2012 Olympics? Skatepark designer interviewed 2 2

Clitheroe Skatepark is located in the Castle Grounds of the town and covers an area of 60m x 17.5m. It is split 60% street/40% transition, includes a kidney shaped bowl and is generally regarded as one of the premier outdoor skateparks in the North West, if not the country as a whole. Laura played a key part in the design process. While the skatepark is a free public facility it is surrounded by a 12’ perimeter fence and is locked at night. The skatepark has lighting, CCTV and has a strict ’no graffiti’ policy, which seems to work! SSP has witnessed youths removing their work under the terms of this policy. For more about the design/construction process of Clitheroe skatepark read the interview with Laura Powell on page 3 of this newsletter. SSP would like to issue an open invitation to Councillors and relevant Council Employees to accompany us to Clitheroe skatepark, view the facility and meet Laura Powell in person. Please contact us at the e mail address regarding this. skateboarding BY skateboarders FOR skateboarders



Skaters accused 4 of anti-social behaviour Southport skater shoots photos for The Times Links 4



Following photographs of the damage at the skatepark being supplied to Sefton Council Leisure Services with last months SSP Newsletter, the skatepark will close from 9th July for re-surfacing of the ramps. The work is expected to take approximately 4 days to complete. Regular users to the skatepark will have seen the posters about this, attached to both gates (see example). Although the repair work will prevent use of the skatepark for a short period, it is for the benefit of all skatepark users, until long-term solutions to the skateparks issues are found. The park will of course now be fully available during the Wicked Weekend. All at SSP would like to thank Leisure Sevices for acting so promptly and ensuring the park is safe and functional again for all skatepark users. We hope to continue to work with the Council for the benefit of skatepark users and non-skatepark users alike. During the closure of the skatepark Southport-Skatepark-Project encourages skaters to be patient and not skate in areas covered by the ‘antiskating’ bye-law, with good reason! (See story below)

KR8ER SKATEPARK NOTICE This facility will be closed for re-surfacing from the 9th July 07. The works will take approximately 4 days to complete.

Please Contact: Parks Repair Line Tel. no. 0151 934 2394

Following complaints by members of the public over various dates in February 2007, Sefton Council are in the process of issuing legal proceedings against seven skateboarders, all under the age of 18, for breach of the bye-law act which prevents skateboarding in 4 designated areas: 1) Princess Diana Gardens (Town Gardens) 2) The Bandstand 3) Southport Pier 4) The Pier Forecourt. Details of the bye-law were published in last months SSP Newsletter (still available on request) and the full text of the bye-law has been posted on the Southport Skateboarders Forum at Leaflets explaining the bye-law are also now available at ARCADE SPORTS. Skating in the areas detailed above will compromise the future of skatepark facilities in Southport and could get you a £500 fine. DON’T DO IT!

The online version of the Times newspaper recently reported that the International Olympic Committee may include skateboarding to broaden the appeal of the London 2012 Games. ( sport/london_2012/article1907062.ece) Normally it takes any ‘new’ sport a period of 7 years to become an Olympic sport, once an official governing body is formed and recognised by the IOC. In order to get skateboarding in the 2012 games the International Cycling Union (UCI) is proposing to ‘adopt’ skateboarding as a discipline, effectively giving it a backdoor entry into the games. Debate continues among skateboarders as to whether inclusion in the Olympics would be for the good of skateboarding or not. Certainly, whilst some believe it would lead to improved facilities there is strong opposition, some of which can be found here: The closest thing that UK skateboarding has to a governing body is the UK Skateboarding Association (, but it is not recognised as a governing body in its own right. The proposal for the International Cycling Union to act as the governing body for skateboarding follows the British Roller Sports Federation’s attempt to put itself in a similar position. What do YOU think? Should skateboarding become an Olympic Sport? E mail us, post a comment on our My Space page or have your say on the Southport Skateboarders Forum at SSP IS NOW ONLINE AT:


Laura Powell is a wife, mother, skateboarder and qualified architect. She lives outside Burnley with her husband Mark (also a fine ‘street’ skater) and her two children. She stands testament to the diversity of skateboarding, shattering the perception of it purely being the domain of young males. Here she provides more insight into the construction of Clitheroe Skatepark. SSP - How long have you been skating? LP - Er.. I first stood on a board back in the late 80's. I've had a few breaks (in time and physical) since then though. SSP – And you’re a qualified architect, is that right? What is your qualification? LP - I've got more than one qualification.. My 2 most recent are BA(hons) in Architecture + BArch. SSP - How long did the Clitheroe Project take from start to finish? LP - Years! From when I got involved to completion took about 2 years. SSP - What was your role in the design process? LP - I read about the park online and got talking to Andy and Jason. They'd managed to persuade the committee that concrete was the way to go and were trying to find a concrete skatepark company they liked. I said I could do a better design for them for free. I had a look at the site and it immediately suggested to me a 3 stage park due to it's shape. I started going to the meetings and gradually developed a design with input from the group of locals who were all under 16 apart from Andy. Andy really wanted a bowl and a 4ft spine ramp so I made sure these were included in the layout. About a month before construction I looked at the design and decided I hated the middle bit so changed it all.. I'm glad I did! The technical details were drawn by Ashworth Burke architects. The bowl dimensions and general shape were decided by Andy + the details were worked out by Ashworths using a Gareth Evans design. (complicated eh?) SSP -What was the budget for the project? LP - Er.. About £200K. SSP - And where did the funding for the project come from? LP -Two Christian charities. The Gold Team and Trinity. SSP - What contractors were used? LP - A local contractor was used to do the groundwork and flat surfacing and Duracrete from Liverpool ( were used for the other surfaces. SSP - How were local skaters consulted? LP - The Christian youth organizations involved already had a youth group and regularly took the young skaters to indoor parks such as Burnley + Bolton. SSP - What was the biggest problem you had? LP - Trying to please everyone! SSP - Is there anything you would do differently, with the benefit of hindsight? LP - I often look at the design and think about what I should have done differently. But overall I think the design is fun, challenging and there is something for absolutely everyone (regardless of skill or what they ride). SSP - Do you have any other advice you can give to Southport-Skatepark-Project as a group? LP - Make sure you have a good group of dedicated people who are willing to put a lot of effort in for what could be years. Make sure you organize yourselves. Have a good range of people in your group, adults and teenagers. The adults are often important when it comes to dealing with officials but a group of teenagers are often key when it comes to making the council listen. Decide what you want and be realistic. I could go on but it'll get boring! Oh and most of all, have fun doing what you do but don't be an idiot! You're trying to get people on your side.

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Spitting, urinating, excessive littering and offensive graffiti are among the complaints received by Merseyside Police recently regarding the behaviour of some ‘skatepark users’. Incidents of passengers on the Miniature Railway being spat on or even urinated on by people from the skatepark have been reported. Damage has been done to the park lamp posts situated by the railway track. Graffiti has spread from the graffiti wall onto the pier and surrounding area of Marine Way Bridge, and now onto the surface of the skatepark itself, some of it highly offensive to some groups. How does this reflect on skatepark users? Are skatepark users to blame? If not, who is responsible? What can be done to stop these incidents? How can the litter issue be addressed? There seems to be a general perception that all skateboarders are ‘hoodies’, responsible for vandalism, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. How can we as skaters/in-liners/BMXers change that perception? Southport-Skatepark-Project is not a ‘skate nanny’! It is not responsible for the acts of individuals. The fact is though, that incidents like those detailed above reflect on ALL skatepark users and will work AGAINST our goal of getting a world class skatepark in the town. Amongst SSP’s aims (listed on the My Space page) are: To work with Sefton Council, Leisure Services and Youth Services, Merseyside Police, and other partner organisations to solve issues surrounding skateboarding and skatepark users in Southport And: To promote understanding between skateboarders/ skatepark users and other social groups within the community. In order to meet these aims and achieve our goals we need discussion about issues such as those mentioned. We need to hear YOUR comments on these issues and YOUR answers to these problems, whether you are a skater, spectator, parent or Councillor. E mail us, contact us at the My Space page or post your comments on the thread started by SSP on these issues at the Southport Skateboarders Forum:

Darren Burdell, former Southport resident, skateboarder in the late 70’s and now professional photographer, recently shot photographs for an article on skateboarding to be featured in The Times newspaper. The photos were shot at Hayle and Tuckingmill skateparks in Cornwall and featured legendary Liverpool skaters Stefan Harkon & Dave Davis, and South West middle-ageshredders Trawler and Paul Sampson. The journalist was The Times surf correspondent and book writer Alex Wade. ( Both Darren and his sister Sheenagh Burdell were among the top skateboarders in Southport during the late 70’s. His parents, Bob and Irene, ran ‘Freewheelers’, the town’s skater owned shop which was located on London Street. The shop hosted appearances by Dogtown legends Tony Alva and Shogo Kubo. Some of Darren’s childhood skate photos can be found at while his current work can be found at This is the latest in a number of articles on skateboarding in the Times, which follow a 2 page article in the Guardian’s ‘Weekend’ supplement . london_2012/article1907062.ece article1942563.ece

We hope you have found something of interest in this, our second newsletter. The August newsletter will be issued on 1st August. Please contact us at the email address or via the new My Space page with any comments or requests for further information. Finally here is a list of additional useful internet links. Check them out... United Kingdom Skateboarding Association:

Next months Newsletter will try to publish as many comments as possible. In the meantime SSP would like to make itself available to discuss these issues with Councillors, Council workers from relevant departments and local business people in order to discuss the issues further.

SSP online petition: SOUTHPORTskatepark/ Clitheroe Skatepark: Wormhoudt Inc.: Sidewalk Skateboarding Magazine: