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Relentless vandalism curbed in pretty park
ACTION has been taken to stop vandals “relentlessly” trashing a pretty park in Ringwood.
In the latest incident beer cans, boxes and hundreds of cigarette ends were left by the seating area in Dr Little Gardens while graffiti had been daubed on the brick walls.
Now the town council has stepped in to make changes they hope will make the area less of a “magnet” for louts.
The last incident came after four years of trouble at the park. The council’s ground staff left the park litter free and tidy on Friday, July 19 and found it filthy on Monday morning.
Now groundsmen have scrubbed the walls to remove the spray paint and moved the seating away from the corner of the park.
Town clerk Terry Simpson said the park had been the target of “relentless” vandals over the past few years.
He said: “Dr Little Garden is a stopping point between the town centre and the north of the A31.
“It is a nice walk and sitting area, which has been ruined by vandals and graffiti which we have been dealing with for four to five years now.
“We have reduced the height of the wall to prevent people making mischief and have now moved the seats, because no one wanted to sit there because of all the empty beer cans and cigarette ends, which were pretty horrible.
“The way in which the seats were placed, in a small corner of the garden, were a magnet for trouble.
“The vandals were congregating on the seating area, leaving a mess and causing problems and noise for residents.
“Now we have moved the seats and cleaned up the vandalism and mess and it is a nicer place to be for residents and visitors.
“We hope this will be the last of the vandalism in this park and that those who want to graffiti use the designated graffiti wall on Carvers Field.”
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