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Letter: Skatepark threat – don't blame the kids

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SIR – I was disappointed to read in last week’s paper that the council have threatened to close New Milton skatepark at night because kids are hanging out there in groups larger than six (A&T, 23rd October).

This is a heavy-handed response, but why should that surprise me? Kids are often treated as second class citizens, usually because they can’t vote so the powers that be see them as an easy scapegoat.

I think it shows how out-of-touch the current group of Conservative councillors are if they’re willing to spend £1,500 a month just to stop kids having somewhere to hang out in the evenings.

Don’t blame the kids for not understanding the regulations. Blame the government for screwing up the messaging.

Ben Thompson,


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