A council has stated that they remain positive about a new community reassurance programme at a town’s rec – despite there being a series of vandalism incidents recently. According to Cheadle Town Council, which looks after the Tean Road Recreation Ground site, the incidents happened on Wednesday (July 28) and also on Friday (July 30); and they involved a group of teenagers “kicking in” the door of the grounds’ bowling pavilion.
A council has stated that they remain positive about a new community reassurance programme at a town’s rec – despite there being a series of vandalism incidents recently.
According to Cheadle Town Council, which looks after the Tean Road Recreation Ground site, the incidents happened on Wednesday (July 28) and also on Friday (July 30); and they involved a group of teenagers “kicking in” the door of the grounds’ bowling pavilion.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Police were called at 10.45am on (Thursday) July 29 to a report of two incidents at Tean Road Recreation Ground.
“It was reported that at 3.27pm and 6.09pm on Wednesday (July 28), a group of teenagers had damaged the bowling pavilion’s doors, caused damage inside and smashed a plate.
“Enquiries are ongoing with local officers.
“Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 174 of July 29, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Despite the recent vandalism incidents, Cheadle Town Council state that it is still taking a positive attitude forward with their recently introduced ‘Community Reassurance’ programme which they are running at the Tean Road Recreation Ground.
Cheadle Town Clerk Dave Mullington said: “The Community Reassurance Programme continues this week, following a fantastic response from park users so far.
“Momentum is building towards the ‘Cheadle Parks Trix’ competition scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at 3pm, with young people on skateboards and scooters getting in their daily practice.
“Nicky and Annie have received many positive comments on the park, including favourable comments in respect of how well the park is maintained and the friendly atmosphere.
“On a slightly adverse note, we have unfortunately had to deal with some damage to the Bowling Pavilion (on three separate occasions) which has had a cost implication for the town council. “Regrettably, our CCTV cameras have picked up a number of teenagers who saw fit to kick in the doors of the pavilion, breaking the doorframe, door and lock.
“This has been very disappointing for Nicky and Annie, who feel let down by these actions.
“The matter has been reported to Staffordshire Police for investigation, however we will not allow this to deter our positivity and will continue to look to raise standards on the park moving forward.
“This Thursday (August 5) we will have some games on the park at 3pm, including footie cricket, rounders and dodgeball, and Nicky and Annie would welcome any other ideas that park users may have for activities.”
Chairman of the Cheadle Town Council’s Parks and Leisure Committee, councillor Kate Martin, added: “The project continues to go well and although there has been some negative behaviour regarding the bowling pavilion, Nicky and Annie are continuing to engage and work with the users of the park.
“Money has also been allocated to provide more picnic tables and a Youth Shelter.”
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