scrawled over £350k Burnham play park that opened in March
brand new £350,000 park and play area in Burnham-On-Sea
which opened just two months ago has been daubed with graffiti,
angering parents and nearby residents.
long-awaited Rosewood Green public
park was launched
in March but in recent weeks many of the benches and play
equipment have been been scrawled with names and messages - some
of them offensive - using permanent pens.
park's owner, Sedgemoor District Council, this week expressed
its dismay at the damage and has promised a clean-up.
Presley from the council's Clean Surroundings Team told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are very disappointed this has happened so soon after
the park's opening, especially when such a lot of time and effort
went into providing these super new facilities."
regular park user, who asked not to be named, said she believes
the council should beef up security. "I'd
like to see CCTV cameras introduced to protect users of the park
and also dissuade young people from further damaging the play
area. The equipment has been treated so poorly that it already
looks several years old."
resident, Pauline Wellman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is
terrible that this new park, which has only been open a few weeks,
has been targeted like this. More needs to be done to prevent
Another resident, Glenn Scott, said a 'bridge' that had been built
by residents across the ditch near Wallace Wells Road to give
children from that area access to the park has recently been stolen
Burnham Police spokesman confirmed they are investigating the
concerns and urged anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111 or the non-emergency police number 101.