A furious mother says no-one is listening to her over concerns that older BMXers are bullying younger scooter riders trying to use Grantham’s G-Zone.
And the chairman of the skatepark committee is refusing to comment to the Journal about the situation other than to say “that was weeks ago”. Yet, the cover photo on the skatepark’s Facebook page sports graffiti reading: “Scooter kids will be shot dead!”
Tanya Arakliti, whose children and their friends are regularly kicked out, said she is “outraged” by the photo on Facebook.
She contacted the Journal after what she called numerous failed attempts to get the G-Zone committee, police and district council to listen to her.
Tanya, 40, of Brittain Drive, said: “The younger ones are being abused and our kids are going to car parks now, which is not safe. There’s nowhere else for them to go with their scooters. I’m really, really angry. My son has been threatened, they’ve threatened to kill him if he doesn’t get his scooter out of the park.”
The Journal contacted Jenny Sutherland, chairman of the G-Zone committee, yesterday (Thursday). She said: “No comment.”
Tanya hopes to gather other parents whose children have been bullied in a bid to get something done. She said: “The committee is just stuck in their ways and they won’t listen.
“The park should be for everybody. Nobody should be segregated.”
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