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Skateboarders rally support

The Hounslow Chronicle

Teenagers from Brentford, banned from skateboarding in Chiswick, are asking for help in getting a proper skatepark in the borough.

Dan Branston, 14, is one of the boys appealing or other enthusiasts to sign an online petition to develop an outdoor skate area after he and his friends were told by security guards that could no longer use steps at Chiswick Business Park.

After they had asked Brentford councillor Ruth Cadbury for help, she took them to meet representatives from the companies which run the Chiswick High Road business park, Enjoy Work and Stanhope.

Ron German and Kay Chaston explained to the five boys that health and safety regulations stopped them being allowed to skate there, but funds totaling £480,000 were given by the business park to the council to benefit arts or environmental facilities in the borough, and could be used towards skating facilities.

We found out there is funding that could be used for skating facilities, if local teenagers support our demand for a skateboard park, said Dan.

The reason we are asking for proper facilities is that skateboarding is very popular and there is no designated space in the area.

It s good exercise and is enjoyed by people of all ages, but particularly teenagers, who have very few outdoor facilities, apart from football.

Dan has now written to the Chiswick area committee, asking for the funds to be used for a skatepark and has set up a Facebook group in an effort to get more teenagers in Brentford and Chiswick to back him.

Councillor Cadbury said: I am really impressed at the boys maturity in trying to a find a solution to the problem and hope we can get a much needed skatepark up and running soon.

Dan's Facebook group is Skatepark in/near Chiswick.