Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Church steps damaged by skateboarders fixed

Church steps damaged by skateboarders fixed

STEPS at a Henley church that were damaged by skateboarders  have been repaired.

Workmen replaced the slabs outside Christ Church United Reformed Church in Reading Road between Wednesday and Friday last week.

They ripped up the loose slabs and lay fresh concrete before putting down new slabs.

Staff from the neighbouring Christ Church Centre have put up signs appealing for people not to skate there.

Centre manager Vanessa Bird said: “We are concerned that it could happen again, which is why we want to try to prevent it.

“We are thinking of getting a CCTV camera installed and this would probably be a couple of hundred pounds.  From our office we can’t see the steps, which is why the CCTV would be useful.”

The problem emerged last month when staff saw children and young adults skating down a curved slope in front of the church, which is designed to allow wheelchair access. They were using it as a way to build up speed and the handrails to perform tricks.

The church cordoned off the area with traffic cones and tape to prevent pedestrians from having an accident.

The cost of the work is expected to be around £2,000.

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