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Late-night skating row as residents near the Level complain of noise
Skateboarders are keeping householders awake at night as the sound of bongos, stereos and rolling boards echo around their neighbourhood.
Hundreds of people have been getting their skates on to use the newly opened £250,000 facility at The Level in Brighton.
But, despite signs saying the concrete skate park closes at 10pm, residents near the park claim people continue to use it well into the early hours.
Residents are now calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to take immediate action to crackdown on the antisocial behaviour.
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One resident, who lives in Park Crescent, Brighton, said: “This is not funny any more. I'm surprised anyone living around The Level is getting any sleep nowadays.
“In comparison to the old facility, which was much smaller, the noise from the new skate park is much louder, particularly the slapping of skates against the concrete.
“One night I tried to get to sleep at midnight but was woken at 3am by the sound of bongos.
“It was like there was a massive concert going on.”
The skate park opened in July following a 15-year fight by campaigners.
This was despite more than 1,000 people signing a petition against the plans.
As part of the £2.2 million refurbishment of the Victorian park, PCSOs man the open space during the day.
But at night no one patrols the area, with locals claiming that it is used into the early hours by people in their 20s and 30s.
Following complaints of sleepless nights, residents have now been given noise diaries to record incidents.
The local authority said they were only able to act if they had evidence.
Adrian Morris, who lives near the park, asked the council to insist that the area is fenced off and locked at night.
He added: “This would also reduce the current noise problems and also the unsociable behaviour, such as fights, which have occurred in the new location.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The council is investigating three noise complaints, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, relating to the new skate park since it opened.
“Officers appreciate the issues raised by local residents and are working with them to address all their concerns.”
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