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This from Friends of Stationers Park actually made me cry. If anyone lives around the park, please do keep a look out and report anything suspicious. The old fort was burnt down too and although, no lasting damage to the structure, the new fort isn't even finished before some mindless vandals have decided to set it on fire.
God how bloody awful, just saw this back from hols, so depressing.
It really is depressing isn't it? I don't think anything makes me despair more than the wanton vandalism of amenities created for people to enjoy. There is a rather exciting looking wooden adventure playground in the Lordship Rec which I notice has now been condemned due to vandalism. The saddest thing about that, is that the Council probably won't recommission it.
The biggest question is what can be done about it? I don't know how the cuts have affected park patrols but I'm sure they have.
Hiya, I didnt realise there were park patrols. Well I was thinking about it today, not sure what can be done, unless we set up park patrols ourselves and set up a time table, but im not sure how workable that would be. If we put up a poster and pretended to do it would it encourage the person to do it more. Who do you think it is? It needs some kind of covert survellance to find out who it is. Are the stationers park friends on to this do you think?
On another note it irks me that there is a big blue plastic crate in the water near Weston Park school and there are park people sometimes in there and why havent they pulled it out, I tried to lean over myself to get it but with two small children I was easily distracted. It is there every day, I wonder why it is just left there...irritates me!
The swings are still missing too! Oh well! I moved from Finsbury Park were there is a small park called Wray Crescent and if anything was amiss or missing it would fixed or restored straight away. My kids really miss it, though I dont miss the gangs!
Hope they catch the idiot who is doing this.
I'm not sure of the present status of park patrols. I do remember a couple of years ago a proposal to disband the Haringey Parks police force, according to this Wikipedia page that did happen.The lib dems were much against the disbanding and had alternative proposals. The way a borough council works though, the opposition seem to be all but powerless. Your local councillors should know what the current situation is.
Patrols though would only be a palliative for the symptom - that some kids think it is good fun to wantonly destroy property. The cure would be to eliminate the urge to wanton destruction - not sure if this just means providing something sufficiently interesting to do to distract the destructive, or if we need to remodel the human psyche.
Stroud Green councillors.