September 30th, 2016

Council confirms the two vandalised Bromsgrove play areas cost almost £2,500 to repair

TWO PARKS in Bromsgrove District were vandalised a week before the schools were due to break up for the summer holidays, causing almost £2,500 worth of damage.

The first was the Brook Road Park, off Rea Avenue, in Rubery.

Following that incident, which happened over the weekend, surfaces around the play equipment in some areas were ripped up making them dangerous.

The park was closed while the damaged sections were repaired – officers at Bromsgrove District Council set about finding and appointing a contractor on Monday and the work, which cost £1,500, was completed by Tuesday.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said CCTV footage captured in the area was being viewed to ascertain who was responsible.

As well as the Rubery park, the King George Playing Field in Sidemoor was also targeted. Council officers also found and appointed contractors for the repairs and they were completed on Monday, at a cost of £900.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, Coun Rod Laight, said: “We are exceptionally disappointed that someone could be so heartless to vandalise not one but two play areas meant for children.

“It is unclear whether the incidents were linked but we would like to thank residents for their patience during the repair works to rectify and clean up the mess left at both sites.

“A big well done must go to our officers for their quick and efficient work to sort out the damage.

“However it is still a shame that we are having to spend our money on repairing our facilities rather than improving them for our residents.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.