Call for community help in stemming vandalism and littering at Brandon Skate park after repeated incidents
PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:38 29 May 2015
Young people and parents have been called on to help stamp out vandalism at a skate park after a string of incidents.
Brandon Skate Park, on the Remembrance Playing Fields, has repeatedly been the target of obscene graffiti, littering and damage to its ramps in recent years.
The latest incident, on May 15, saw £200 of damage caused to the ramps.
And after spending around £500 a year repairing the park, Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields Committee are calling on the community to put an end to the incidents.
John Kennedy, committee member, said the vandalism was putting the park’s future at risk.
“Over the last couple of years we have had some disgusting graffiti there and a lot of damage, and it’s clearly been deliberate.
“They must have had to bring spanners along to pull the thing apart at some point, so it’s clearly calculated.
“I’d love to keep it as the kids have a whale of a time up there, and with the long evenings coming, but we only have so much money to spend on repairing it,” he said.
Drinking and littering has also become an issue at the park, with bottles being smashed and fast food packaging being left, according to Mr Kennedy.
He said the damage was mostly being caused by older children.
Notices warning people about the dangers of vandalising the area have already been put by the committee.
But Mr Kennedy said the committee now needed help from the community.
“We are trying to appeal to parents and children to see if they can take an interest and put this to an end.
“It would be so disappointing if we lost this battle and had to dismantle the park,” he said.
He added that relocating the park to the old tennis courts near the site off Church Road were unlikely due to their proximity to homes.
In 2012, £12,000 of work to revamp the park even had to be postponed as safety fencing was being damaged by vandals.
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