However, councillors did agree to a plan to install a quarter pipe — a piece of skateboarding equipment — on a site in Circle Hill.

More than 70 residents turned up to the meeting on Tuesday, October 2, to voice their opinions about the plans.

In the run-up to the decision, residents had gathered a 581-signature petition against the plans, which they presented to the parish Council.

Tony Gilbert-Johns, of Addiscombe Road, who led the campaign against the skatepark, said: "We are all delighted with the result.

"I would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped to get signatures for the petition.

"I think the residents have made it quite clear to the council that in future they should listen carefully to us before embarking on a project which is a waste of time."

In a surprise U-turn, Cllr Lars Swann withdrew his support for the plan.

He said: "I have been the champion of this project and have taken quite a bit of flak for it but now I am no longer in support of a skatepark at the Morgan Rec."

Councillors voted to put the £2,730 quarter pipe, which had been purchased last August, on the Circle Hill site.

Cllr Bob Rand said: "If we do not come down in favour of Circle Hill, then we have bought a quarter pipe which we do not know what to do with.

"After four years, why don't we just get on with it and use the equipment we already have?"

Cllr Cliff Thompson expressed his concern that the secluded nature of the site may be unsafe for children.

The parish council confirmed that undergrowth would be cleared away as far as Bracknell Road to ensure visibility of the site and to increase children's safety.

The council also voted against installing CCTV cameras around the Morgan Recreation Ground.