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Vandals force extended play area closure

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VANDALS have forced a play area in Hensingham, Whitehaven to remain closed to the public.

Copeland Council was forced to close Rosebank play area in April due to safety concerns caused by vandalism. 

Several areas of the soft pour matting have again been vandalised again while the play area was closed. The matting is beyond repair and further vandalism means that it will cost a significant amount more to replace.

Mike Starkie, Copeland Mayor, said; “The play area is not safe for children to use in its current condition and our duty of care to our residents and visitors means it will be closed until the flooring can be replaced, at a cost to the taxpayer.

“I’m appalled to see that further vandalism has occurred whilst the area has been closed.

“We as a council do not have unlimited resources to replace this equipment every time someone chooses to criminally damage the area. Acts like this put a strain on our already stretched resources.”

Residents are urged to contact the police on 101 of they have any information in relation to the incident.

 

Published: 4 July 2019 - 8:38am