Southend On Sea is a major attraction to visitors and tourists of Southend.
As such there has been heavy investment in the rejuvenation of Southend's public spaces, including the introduction of more "shared spaces" between pedestrians, cars and cyclists. However, this is a lack of open/suitable spaces for young people to enjoy in terms of sport and leisure in the central Southend area. Longboarding, a type of skateboarding which has re-emerged and grown rapidly across the globe, is not only developing strongly as a sport in the form of Downhill Racing and free riding (casual skating, and sliding) , but also as an effective mode of fun, green and affordable transport.
Hundreds of people have used what has become known as "slide hill" (A closed maintence road next to the Cliff Lift on Clifton Terrace) to practice and enjoy longboarding, away from pedestrians and open roads.
The local skateboarding community (Southend Longboarding) (www.facebook.com/SELongboarding) are regular users alongside other skateboarders who have come as far as Cornwall to skate in Southend in this space.
There is a real lack of provision for young people in the area and it would be a shame to see this space not used for a growing sport especially in the wake of The Olympic legacy and sport development in 2012/13. This spaced is used by respectful and passionate young people and adults DAILY. Help this space become recognised and used to it's greatest potential.
A space like this would also INCREASE Leisure space and tourism for Southend, helping local business continue to develop and grow in this difficult financial era. No real work needs to be done on the road, only something to ensure it's safe, closed and maybe signposted as permitable to skateboard within.
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