Respect our parks plea following spate of vandalism and littering

Visitors to Wychavon's parks and green spaces are being urged to treat them with respect after a spate of vandalism and littering.

Damage was caused to the recently laid turf on the site of the new pump track being installed at Charity Brook Park in Evesham. A group of youths gained access to the construction site and were reported to police for general anti-social behaviour and littering. Although the damaged has been repaired, it will need time to establish, which will delay the opening of the new track.

Reports have also been received of people drinking, urinating and defecating at Fairwater Close in Evesham, while public hand sanitiser units at Mayflower play area and Steynors Play Area in Droitwich, have been smashed off.

A mature tree in Vines Park in Droitwich was killed after being stripped of its bark and will now have to be removed. There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour and littering in Rebekah Gardens in Droitwich.

The incidents have all been reported to police and Wychavon since 25 July.

Wychavon's parks team has been dealing with an increase in littering, anti-social behaviour and abuse, following the easing of lockdown restrictions and better weather.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said: "We provide our parks and green spaces for the benefit of everyone and during the height of lockdown they were a lifeline for us all. But the way in which some people are treating them now is unacceptable.

"I urge everyone to treat our parks and green spaces with respect. Enjoy yourselves but do so responsibly and be considerate to others. Take your litter home with you or use the bins provided and if anyone sees any vandalism or anti-social behaviour, please report it to the police on 101." 

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