Call to bring an end to park's vandalism

By Laura Payne Thursday 20 September 2012 Updated: 20/09 10:47

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A DISGRUNTLED councillor has hit out at vandals who have caused damage in a park.

Blythe Ward Councillor Linda Brown said vandalism and anti-social behaviour are destroying attempts to improve the community.

A noticeboard which helped Hillfield Park secure a Green Flag award has been badly damaged just three months after being installed.

Coun Brown said there are also problems with groups of young people congregating in the area, breaking glass and racing their cars while information placed on the noticeboard was ripped down and the protective perspex was damaged.

Despite regular meetings with police, Coun Brown said issues with vandalism and anti-social behaviour remain.

And the problems have left the councillor and some residents feeling as though the area is being ignored.

Coun Brown said: "There needs to be a better understanding between young people and old people.

"There are three parish councils in this area but we haven't got one. Here in Monkspath we have been left to fester.

"Now I'm on the council I hope I can do something as I have watched this place change over a number of years and we keep going to people and asking for help but nothing gets done."

Coun Brown said she had hoped to run a photography competition with entries displayed on the board to encourage people to get involved in the community but she has been told it will take up to 12 months to have a new noticeboard put in place.

She said: "It's ridiculous it would take this long. I've said I would be happy to use my money and repair it myself."

Acting Inspector Mark Cowl from Solihull Police said officers carried out patrols in the park over the summer and urged people affected by anti-social behaviour to contact them.

He said: "Our local communities benefit from some beautiful parks and we are determined to keep it this way.

"The enjoyment and safety of people using these areas should not be compromised by a small minority of people causing issues.

"Over the summer months officers have been patrolling the park and meeting local people taking advantage of the facilities on offer.

"Feedback from the public has been positive and we have only received one report of youths drinking in the park.

"If people are affected by anti-social behaviour while using the park, or elsewhere across the borough then please contact officers."

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