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£10k studs to deter the Firstsite skaters
METAL balls to stop skateboarders using steps outside Colchester's Firstsite gallery have been installed at a cost of £10,000.
A total of 146 of the tiny studs have been fitted, so each one cost nearly £70 from Colchester Council’s coffers.
Two of the studs, screwed in place on the edges of the steps, have already broken off.
The move, last night described as “frivolous” and “shocking” comes after ‘no skateboarding’ signs displayed in the area, have failed to have the desired effect.
A PCSO has also been assigned to the area in a bid to keep boarders at bay.
Tim Young, portfolio holder for planning, community safety and culture, said the cash was accounted for in “existing budgets”, worked out “before his time”.
“We are justifying the cost from the amount of nuisance that has been caused,” he added.
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