- Lewes District Council
The SKATEHOUSE Lewes needs your voice.
If we get more than 1500 signatures, we can get a debate at the council - which makes the council decision makers listen to our case. 'We the undersigned ask Lewes District Council to work with the Skatehouse to find a new location in Lewes and budget for moving.'
The Phoenix industrial estate in Lewes is home to a fantastic indoor skate park, used by over 1000 young, and not so young people every month. It is run by a team of local volunteers who are passionate about skating, and keeping it accessible to all who want to be part of it.
Skatehouse is a community interest company. Run as a non-profit organisation who's primary aims are to offer:
- Safe, supervised community space for all wheeled sports
- To cater for a hub of enterprise, learning and creativity through workshops
- To engage primarily with youth and encourage fitness and self improvement
Skatehouse is a safe place. Staff are first aid trained and DBS checked. This staffing structure is what separates us from an outdoor skate space. It makes us able to offer parents peace of mind along with tailored skate lessons and run specific sessions such our 'Kids Club' and 'Rad Dads' clubs. Additionally we have run art, mosaic and graffiti workshops all for a minimal donation of a few pounds. Creating a place that young and old people want to be in together, a place that is inclusive, safe and cool is a hard thing to do. We have worked very hard at finding that balance and it would be real shame to loose that expertise.
You see, this park is a massive part of the culture of Lewes and something that we can't afford to loose. This petition is about showing the council and developers how valued Skatehouse and the non-profit model it runs under is. We need to shout about what we do and how we do it. With your help we can hope to be re housed somewhere else in Lewes and so continue to offer our services. With the current redevelopment of the Phoenix estate displacing a number of youth organisations it is vital the we are not shy about what we do, and how much we feel it is a part of the Lewes that we love so much.
Thanks for your support,
The Skatehouse Team
- Lewes District Council
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