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This new by-law

  • 29-08-2003 7:50am
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭


    So, it seems that City Hall will propose a by-law banning skateboarding in Emmet Place in the next couple of weeks! These kids doing no harm or committing no crime are to be criminalised and liable to prosecution. I'm certain the Gardai would much rather NOT be involved in this harassment of the skaters who bring a bit of colour and life to the city centre.

    I've made enquiries and I find that the City of Culture office has no Youth Officer. (They have a Literature officer, an Arts officer, an Events Officer,etc, .......... but no Youth officer) The first tangible act of Cork City Of Culture, it appears, will be to place on the statute books a legal instrument that discriminates against Youth and Street culture. This is weird when you consider that the visiting committee that awarded us City Of Culture said they were influenced and impressed by the skaters in Emmet Place. I s'pose rather than incorporate all the sections of the population into the City of Culture celebration, the City Council is more inclined to listen to the "move 'em on" bleatings of certain traders and businessmen in the area.

    If you have a minute to spare, why not scoot over to the skaters excellent website at www.skateireland.org. And if you are sufficiently annoyed, maybe you would consider could registering your support for them there.


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,608 ✭✭✭✭sceptre


    Bah. I pass through Emmet place on a reasonably regular basis even though I'm not living in Cork and they're hardly burning cars now are they?

    If it was a busy pedestrianised shopping street like Cruises Street in Limerick I'd say "fine, that's fair enough". As it is the kids seem pretty polite and aren't causing any trouble. I'd be inclined to leave them there even if there was a skatepark available, especially if they managed to put that park out in the arse end of nowhere.

    And as people know, I'm heading towards 30 so I'm at that grumpy age if anything.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,945 ✭✭✭D-Generate


    One problem they have is that there is litter in the area. This could be helped by putting at least another bin in the area rather than just the one next to that wedding shop. Everyone knows the kids are too lazy to walk over there for christ sakes!

    I just have a problem that instead of trying to confront the drunk skangers in the park and all around Cork they decide to make a law against skateboarders. A lot more crime is commited by the skangers on a daily basis than the skateboarders do in a week. I feel a lot safer walking through Emmet Place than i do through Bishop Lucey Park.......


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭pro_gnostic_8


    Originally posted by sceptre

    And as people know, I'm heading towards 30 so I'm at that grumpy age if anything.

    Yep Scep., the big 3-Oh is a dodgy age for sure (I should know -- I've been there!) At 30 you start losing things -- your libido, your innocent belief in humanity, your drive, ............ your HAIR. Not a pretty sight.


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    One problem they have is that there is litter in the area. This could be helped by putting at least another bin in the area rather than just the one next to that wedding shop.
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    This is very true, D-G. But, remember, we are talking here about a City Council that tore out all the bins on Patrick Street prior to the regeneration, and have yet to replace a single one of them!


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,608 ✭✭✭✭sceptre


    Originally posted by pro_gnostic_8
    But, remember, we are talking here about a City Council that tore out all the bins on Patrick Street prior to the regeneration, and have yet to replace a single one of them!
    Ah but if they leave it another year before replacing them we'll have nice clean unused bins when 2005 rolls around:D.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭comet


    I suspect it might be to do with insurance and claims made against the city council......."i fell off me skateboard, gimme some money". I know the majority of skaters are decent but there'll always be one or two to ruin it for the rest.
    I just have a problem that instead of trying to confront the drunk skangers in the park and all around Cork they decide to make a law against skateboarders. A lot more crime is commited by the skangers on a daily basis than the skateboarders do in a week. I feel a lot safer walking through Emmet Place than i do through Bishop Lucey Park.......

    Well thats very true alright, there is a serious problems with drunks and beggars in this city. Gardai approach them, have a few words and walk on. All talk is about 2005, what about 2003? The city looks like sh*t, every road is dug, the ones that aren't are pot-holed, drunks, beggars and litter are everywhere. Not to mention the demons that come out at night.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,666 ✭✭✭Imposter


    Originally posted by comet
    Well thats very true alright, there is a serious problems with drunks and beggars in this city. Gardai approach them, have a few words and walk on. All talk is about 2005, what about 2003? The city looks like sh*t, every road is dug, the ones that aren't are pot-holed, drunks, beggars and litter are everywhere. Not to mention the demons that come out at night.
    So that's the culture they're on about! :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,025 ✭✭✭yellum


    Typical Corpo idiocy at play.

    When are the next city council elections ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭pro_gnostic_8


    Sometime next year, Yellum, (exactly when I don't honestly know)

    I will, however, be taking note of those councillors who vote in favour of a ban ............... and I'll be remembering 'em in 2004 when they come knocking.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 16,659 ✭✭✭✭dahamsta


    Won't make a difference. You'll be voting on Nedap/Powervote machines next year, so the election will go to the highest bidder or possibly whatever the closed source machine decides for itself.

    http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~afrodite/E-Voting/

    adam


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