Vandalism forces delay at new track - The Evesham Observer

Vandalism forces delay at new track

Evesham Editorial 14th Aug, 2020   0

FURIOUS council bossses have slammed vandals who have forced a delay to the opening of the new pump track at Charity Brook Park.

Wychavon chiefs have spoken out and urged residents to treat the district’s parks and green spaces with respect after a spate of vandalism and littering.

Damage was caused to the recently laid turf on the site of the new pump track being installed at Charity Brook Park.

A group of youths gained access to the construction site and were reported to police for general anti-social behaviour and littering. Although the damage to the turf has been repaired, it will need time to establish, which will delay the opening of the new track.

Reports have also been received of people drinking, urinating and defecating at Fairwater Close, while public hand sanitiser units at the Mayflower play area and Steynors Play Area in Droitwich, have been smashed off.

A mature tree in Vines Park in Droitwich was killed after being stripped of its bark and will now have to be removed.

There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour and littering in Rebekah Gardens in Droitwich.

The incidents have all been reported to police and Wychavon since July 25

Wychavon’s parks team has been dealing with an increase in littering, anti-social behaviour and abuse, following the easing of lockdown restrictions and better weather.

Coun Emma Stokes, executive board member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “We provide our parks and green spaces for the benefit of everyone and during the height of lockdown they were a lifeline for us all. But the way in which some people are treating them now is unacceptable.

“I urge everyone to treat our parks and green spaces with respect. Enjoy yourselves but do so responsibly and be considerate to others. Take your litter home with you or use the bins provided.

Anyone who sees any vandalism or anti-social behaviour is asked to call 101.

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