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Skatepark 'is too close to pitch'

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GUERNSEY'S new skatepark poses a safety risk by being too big and close to a neighbouring football pitch, it has been claimed.

GUERNSEY'S new skatepark poses a safety risk by being too big and close to a neighbouring football pitch, it has been claimed.

Saturday Football League president Rod Hamon said the under-construction park is dangerously close to the adjacent pitch at Beau Sejour and footballs could potentially injure users of the park and passers-by.

He was even concerned the league could lose the pitch if the safety fears were realised.

'My main concern is really where they have put it,' said Mr Hamon. 'It is for the safety of people behind the goal.'

Guernsey Xtreme Sports Association chairman and Culture and Leisure minister Mike O'Hara denied the pitch would be taken away due to safety fears. He also said the positioning of the skatepark met regulations, including those of the Football Association, and made assurances against any health and safety concerns.

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