The online consultation looks to identify which of three possible locations local people and visitors would prefer to see the potential new facility built.
The potential locations that have been identified are:
- Location A – Old Warrior Square Swim Centre site, situated east of the High Street
- Location B – London Road North Car Park, situated south west of Victoria Gateway
- Location C – Plaza side of the Civic Centre, situated south of the Civic Centre
Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said: “We have a number of skateboarders, BMX’ers and scooterists in the town and we announced last year that we plan to have a new facility in the centre of the town that people can use to have fun.
“We have a selection of similar free to use facilities available at other sites across the Borough, but we aware that young people in particular need somewhere close to the town centre.
“To ensure we get it in the right place, we are launching a consultation with residents and visitors, particularly young people. Therefore please take five minutes to complete the survey, which will allow us to review all relevant options before moving on to delivering the new facility.”
Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “I am delighted that we are asking the future users of this facility where they want it located, as it is important that it is easy for our youngsters to access it. This is the first step towards delivering the project that was agreed in last year’s budget.
“It is vital that we provide good facilities for children and young people and I hope that we get lots of feedback from this consultation, and I look forward to seeing the results.”
The consultation can be found at www.southend.gov.uk/wheeledsports and will be live for the next six weeks.