8th Aug, 2020

Residents angered at vandalism of new play equipment at Babbs Mill Park

Editorial Correspondent 14th Jan, 2020 Updated: 15th Jan, 2020

POLICE and Solihull Council are appealing for information after newly installed equipment at a play area in Babbs Mill Park was vandalised.

As a number of items have been damaged beyond repair at the play area by Ford Bridge Road, they have been removed or are currently out of action for the safety of children.

There are currently no plans to replace the damaged equipment until after an investigation has been carried out.

A notice has been put up in the park by the Parks Management Team for Solihull Council apologising for the inconvenience this causes to local families.

It says: “This is not the first time that the play area has experienced this type of vandalism; therefore we have regrettably taken the decision not to replace the damaged item.

“West Midlands Police has been made aware of these incidents. If you have witnessed any damage taking place or have any information about how this damage is being caused please do not hesitate to get in contact with us”

The vandalism has caused outrage among local residents some of whom call for live CCTV to be installed or suggest a volunteer park warden scheme is set up.

A number of local residents suspect that a large breed dog owner has allowed their dog to damage the equipment as there appear to be teeth marks.

One dad said: “Took my son down the other day as he loves to go on the swing, unfortunately though there was no swing he could go on.

People let their dogs into the park and let them set about the swings.”

Another resident said: “It’s so pointless and leaves the kids with nothing to do. If the council has to constantly repair there is no money left for improvements.”

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “The damage has been caused to newly installed and existing items of equipment containing rubber, in particular seats, which have been ripped and chewed.

“This has been reported to the Police and there are signs up in the play area to inform residents.

“We urge anyone with information or who witnesses further damage to report it to the Council on 0121 704 8000 or to the Police on 101.”


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