A resident has started a petition to have better outdoor sports facilities in Chalfont St Peter.
Kenny Ross said he started the campaign to demonstrate to the council that there is a need for better outdoor facilities in the village.
He said: “Since recently getting back into skateboarding I have travelled to skateparks in Thame, Henley, Croxley Green, Oxhey, Wycombe, Ruislip, Hayes and Hemel. They all enjoy great facilities. I see no reason why Chalfont Saint Peter (CSP) shouldn’t either.”
He described the current facilities as inadequate and added: “They’re only catering to a very limited cross section of the community. There are no free to use sports facilities in CSP. Other councils provide really good skateparks, parkour facilities, BMX tracks etc. It’s becoming obvious that we are way behind in terms of sports facilities that other areas enjoy.”
Kenny also stated that he believes the lack of facilities can be a public health issue.
He mentioned: “Apparently less than half of children get the recommended amount of daily exercise. This will have a huge impact on the NHS if we don’t make an effort to provide better sports facilities locally.
“If we provided facilities for Olympic sports like skateboarding or BMX then we would see a huge uptake in these activities by our local residents of all ages as they are accessible and don’t require expensive equipment to take part.
“It has been demonstrated in reports written by Police Scotland and Thames Valley Police that skateparks reduce incidents of antisocial behaviour.
“Also, working from home is becoming the norm. People have more time to spend in the local area as they are much less likely to spend 10 or more hours a week commuting and spending all day in an office somewhere else.
“We need to invest in better facilities to keep Chalfont St Peter a desirable place to live.”