Newick villagers mount legal challenge over noisy skate park

RESIDENTS are threatening a legal challenge over a village skate park because they claim it is too noisy.

It was installed at the recreation ground in Newick in 1999 and has proved a popular attraction for youngsters.

But people living nearby have conducted a four-year campaign to have the facility moved – or closed – and have now warned they would consider legal action against the parish council unless something is done.

Following a public meeting on Tuesday, attended by residents upset at the threat to a community facility, it was agreed Lewes District Council would take official noise readings when the skate park is in use.

This will establish if the levels are so great as to constitute a statutory nuisance. The results will be discussed by Newick Parish Council on January 31.

A spokesperson for Newick Parish Council said the skate park was old but not past its serviceable life yet.

“The local kids use it all the time in the daylight outside school hours. It is popular, they are getting exercise and having fun,” they said.