Cadbury Heath skatepark closed after being targeted by arsonists

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The new skatepark in Cadbury Heath has been temporarily closed and branded “unsafe for use” after being targeted by arsonists.

Firefighters were called to the skatepark late on Thursday night where a moped had been left in the middle of the £100,000 facility and torched. The fire severely damaged the concrete surface.

There have been ongoing problems with noise and anti-social behaviour, with the skatepark users blaming those who come down and hang around.

locked skateparkDan Lacey, who helped design the skatepark and is a regular user, branded those responsible for the fire as “idiots”.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “The fire that took place at Cadbury Heath skatepark has caused damage to the concrete surface, leaving it unsafe for use. The skatepark has been fenced off until repairs can be made and warning signs are being put up.

“We are currently arranging for the damaged surface to be repaired.”

Oldland parish development officer Steve Skidmore said: “It is extremely disappointing that this happened. It demonstrates that the skateboarders are as much victims as the local community. Everyone will need to pull together to stop incidents like this happening.”

And local councillor Martin Farmer said called it a “completely mindless attack on one of our community assets”.