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Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stephen Hous­ton

Res­i­dents are re­volt­ing against any plan to build a skate and bike park on Troon seafront.

They fear too much clat­ter­ing noise from skate­boards and from thrill- seek­ing rid­ers.

Two weeks ago we re­vealed a study is un­der­way to re­ju­ve­nate the cen­tral prom at South Beach.

The for­mer pad­dling pool area and site of the now de­mol­ished shel­ter was seen as prime po­si­tion for a skatepark.

But Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil­lor Robert Mil­li­gan said it is a big NO from res­i­dents in Titch­field Road, Port­land Ter­race and St Clair Ter­race.

He said: “Fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle in the Ayr­shire Post I have spo­ken to peo­ple in the street and they sim­ply do not want a BMX park there.

“They want a nice mod­ern shel­ter to be built there, pos­si­bly with tubs of flow­ers or palm trees and more places for peo­ple to sit and take in the views.

“Seats could be there for­ever and don’t go out of fash­ion.

“A BMX park has too much po­ten­tial to cause dis­tur­bance.”

We have al­ready told how com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Erica Wil­liamson said a skate part at the pad­dling pool would be “cru­elty to res­i­dents.”

A £ 10,000 sur­vey is be­ing car­ried out to ex­am­ine pos­si­ble sites after a suc­cess­ful bid to the Big Lot­tery Fund by Troon Com­mu­nity Sports Hub.

Robert is now call­ing for the study to be for­malised with an ex­hi­bi­tion put on us­ing sketches of po­ten­tial at­trac­tions.

He added: “The pub­lic could then have a chance to vote on their favourite.”

Coun­cil­lor Pe­ter Con­very has launched the drive to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial on South Beach.

If you have any ideas, send them to pe­ter. con­very@ south- ayr­shire. gov. uk

Site res­i­dents don’t want a skate­board fa­cil­ity

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