Vandals have struck at a train station in the Moorlands. The incident at Blythe Bridge Station happened over the weekend and saw vandals damaging one of the planters in the venue's car park.
Vandals have struck at a train station in the Moorlands.
The incident at Blythe Bridge Station happened over the weekend and saw vandals damaging one of the planters in the venue’s car park.
Volunteers and staff at the station have managed to save the plants which had been planted in the container, and are waiting for a new planter to arrive to replant them.
The station is looked after by a volunteer organisation called North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, which has made many improvements to the station over the years.
Community Rail Partnership Officer Claire Sandys said: “Vandals struck at Blythe Bridge Station over the weekend, damaging one of the planters by the car park.
“Volunteers and East Midlands Railway staff have removed the plants for safe keeping until a new planter can be bought.
“The incident has been reported to the British Transport Police.”
A volunteer at the station said of the vandalism: “This isn’t the first time it’s happened.
“We think it’s youngsters who congregate at the station and don’t have anything better to do.
“We are fed up with having our hard work destroyed.”
It is set to cost around £75 to replace the planter and the contents.
Blythe Bridge station is the only remaining station in the Staffordshire Moorlands and generally has an annual footfall is 95,784.
A spokesman for the partnership states on their website: “Thanks to great support from Staffordshire County Council, Forsbrook Parish Council, East Midlands Trains and the local community, we have been able to deliver a number of improvement projects at Blythe Bridge station, including: Improved waiting shelter facilities for passengers – anti-vandal specification; New platform seating; Closed circuit TV; Customer Information Screens (CIS) with public address; Encouragement of station adoption by the local community – Blythe Bridge was officially adopted by Forsbrook Parish Council in 2007 and was our first station volunteer project; Clearance and replanting of all station garden areas, which are now improved and managed by the Blythe Bridge station volunteer team, and station planters for seasonal colour; Community involvement noticeboards to encourage community support for the station; A poster art project by children from Forsbrook Primary School to help brighten the station.
To find out more about the partnership, go online to www.northstaffsrail.org.uk/news.
This is not the first time that criminals have targetted community planters in the Moorlands recently.
Earlier this month, we reported that a large barrel style planter in Cheadle town centre had been emptied out and then stolen.
The planter, which had been situated in Town End, Cheadle, had been purchased by the volunteer team of Cheadle in Bloom some years ago, along with many others which are situated across the town centre.
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