The Lawn, Ashfield District Councils flagship park in Sutton, has suffered at the hands of vandals.
As visitors to the park will be aware, we have invested heavily in the park with thousands being invested in new play equipment, the planting of the Moorhouse Orchard, stunning new flower beds and the start of what will be our first grass maze.
It is therefore disappointing that one of the beautiful ornamental trees has been removed from the middle of a flower bed. They haven’t taken it from site, but have simply left it situated on the path. Saplings have also been snapped and over the weekend there was damage to the fencing around the lake, thought to be people trying to access that side of the lake.
Cllr David Martin, Cabinet Member for Parks & Town Centres said “The behaviour of the few will not stop us from continuing to ensure the park looks excellent. We know that health and wellbeing is of major importance at the moment, and Council officers that have gone above and beyond to maintain and continually improve our open spaces during lockdown are disappointed and disheartened by the actions of these vandals.”
Community safety patrols will increase across the whole site and we will look at additional measures to prevent these behaviours in the future.
Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Sutton Councillor said “Some people are deliberately trying to spoil the park for others and this will not be tolerated. If you witness anyone vandalising any of our parks or green spaces please call the Police on 101 or Crime stoppers. Why anyone would deliberately want to damage the park is beyond comprehension.”
Our parks and green spaces are fantastic spaces for residents to enjoy the great outdoors. In order for our visitors to enjoy the parks safely we ask that you follow social distancing guidelines and follow any one systems we have in place.