Van­dals wreck park

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - STU­ART GREER

YOBS who van­dalised a chil­dren’s park TWICE in six weeks have been slammed as ‘mind­less and self­ish’.

The play area on Ban­bury Close, Hurds­field, was wrecked on Au­gust 20 after van­dals tore a large hole in the pro­tec­tive rub­ber mat­ting.

The dam­age forced Cheshire East Coun­cil to close the park on health and safety grounds.

It has re­mained closed while the coun­cil waits for spe­cial­ist sup­plies to re­pair it.

But po­lice were called for a sec­ond time on Septem­ber 28 after yobs reaped more dam­age on the park.

The sit­u­a­tion has in­fu­ri­ated Hurds­field coun­cil­lor Steve Carter, who slammed the van­dals as ‘mind­less and self­ish’.

He said: “I am re­ally angry about this. The play area has been van­dalised and is closed be­cause it is dan­ger­ous. The es­ti­mate for ini­tial re­pair is an £6,000 which is a lot of money. I have had con­tact with the coun­cil and it is go­ing to fix it soon.

“The small chil­dren who use the park in the day time are be­ing de­nied ac­cess due to mind­less and self­ish van­dal­ism. The fact that it has been dam­aged a sec­ond time is de­press­ing.”

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The play area had to be closed for safety rea­sons after van­dals ripped up the safer sur­fac­ing from un­der some of the equip­ment.

“Un­for­tu­nately there has been a slight de­lay be­cause we have been wait­ing for spe­cial­ist sup­plies needed to un­der­take the re­pair.

“Once we have the ma­te­ri­als we will com­plete the job as soon as pos­si­ble over the next cou­ple of weeks.”

Wit­nesses to the dam­age should call po­lice on 101.

●● The ru­ined play sur­face at Ban­bury Close park

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