August 9, 2011
of Marine Cove gardens 'on track' despite vandalism
to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is still 'on
track' despite an attack by vandals earlier this week, claim project
Two people gained entry to the gardens early on Sunday morning,
pushing over metal fences protecting the site, before dumping
a concrete ball into the refurbished pond along with a metal scaffold,
as pictured here.
footage of the incident - which clearly shows two people carrying
out the incident - is being examined by police and security has
been beefed up.
Sedgemoor District Council's Parks & Open Spaces Officer,
Harley Cook, who is managing the huge project to refurbish the
gardens, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's very disappointing
this has happened. Two people pushed over the security fences
in St Andrew's churchyard to get access to the gardens."
"They then rolled a concrete ball around the site and pushed
it into the water feature. We're hoping the base of the pond has
not been damaged and are awaiting a final inspection."
he added: "The project has been progressing well and there
is a really strong community spirit around the work."
"We expect the building work to finish later this month
or in early September in time for a grand opening on September
The Marine Cove refurbishment project is part-funded by the Heritage
Lottery Fund, which last year awarded it a total of £344,200.
work includes installing new paving, walls, shelters, bins, seating
and water features such as the fountain and fish ponds, plus landscaping.