An article in Bradley Stoke Town Council’s latest newsletter reports a worrying increase in incidents of vandalism directed at Council-owned facilities in the town.
The Council says it spent over £7,000 to repair vandalised property during the last financial year (2010/2011) and a similar sum (£6,750) has already been spent in the first half of this year.
The figures do not include the time taken by Council staff to deal with the damage nor the many smaller scale incidents which can be fixed ‘in-house’.
Over the summer holidays, four of the seven Council-managed play areas in Bradley Stoke had items out of use whilst waiting for replacement parts.
The Council says it makes regular checks at its plays areas, activity centres and bus stops, adding that all criminal damage is reported to the police and South Gloucestershire Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.
Incidents of criminal damage are reportedly quarterly to the Council’s Planning and Environment Committee. The latest report, in August, includes: a padlock being cut of the gate to the hard courts, a dog signpost being forced out the ground, damage to the roof and a noticeboard cover being broken at the Jubilee Centre; damage to two lights and fire damage to a wall and the cricket pitch at Baileys Court Activity Centre; a floodlight being sawn through and a toilet seat being broken at Brook Way Activity Centre; a gate closure snaped off at the Rosemary Court play area; fire damage to a bin, damage to a slide and two barriers at Baileys Court play area; three incidents of damage to the wooden bridge at the Jubilee Green play area; and two incidents of anti-social graffiti and vandalism of two ramps at the skate park.
Anyone witnessing an act of criminal damage is asked to phone the police on 101 and notify the Town Council on 01454 868080.
Photos: [above] Fire-damaged wooden seat near the pond on Jubilee Green; [below] How the seat looked when it was carved by local chainsaw sculptor Andy O’Neill in June 2010.
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