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Problems in Dorchester 2

Hi readers, it’s Emily and William here again this week, following on from our article last week when we talked about people revving their engines in Dorchester, which we don’t like.

This week we wanted to tell you about the skateboarders going along the pavements around town, which make it scary to walk on in case they knock you flying. They are not allowed on the pavements but so often when we are in town, people are skateboarding on them.

We are too scared to say anything as it can be very intimidating. I, Emily, worry that if I did say something that it would come out all wrong, even though what I wanted to say was coming from a kind place, and that I would upset them without meaning to. Doing that could be a lot worse than not saying anything at all!

The pavement skateboarders, plus the groups of young people hanging around, and the boy racers, make us feel afraid of going out in the evenings. We don’t like feeling like this as we want to feel able to walk in our town safely and without worrying.

We would like to ask those people who are revving their engines and creating an unsafe place for local people, or skateboarding on pavements, to stop. If they don’t, can the police make them do some community service? Something like litter picking that helps their local community? I, William, would like them to clear litter in the skate park, which would save me and Dave doing it on a Thursday, which I do as part of my volunteering with Dorchester Borough Gardens!

One last moan! That is the litter people leave around town, especially in places like Maumbury Rings. What is so hard about putting it in the bin?

The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff.

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