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Action Group Who Tackled Vandalism And Neglect In Local Park Is To End

Thursday March 14 2013


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AN action group set up to tackle vandalism and neglect in an Athersley South park is closing due to a lack of new volunteers.

Athersley South Action Group formed during the summer of 2008 when a community park opened at the side of Blessed Sacrament RC Church on Matlock Road.

The group of residents were brought together by mutual disappointment at vandalism and overall neglect of the park, and decided to do something about it.

But almost five years on and the remaining members, Eleanor Stott, Cath Harper, Lisa Johnson, Cyril Helsby and Carol Hardcastle, have decided it will close on April 3.

"We raised funds through community galas which were very successful, and did weekly litter picks on the park encouraging the young people to join in by offering a reward scheme," said Eleanor.

"Over the last 12 months we have been advertising for volunteers and nobody has come forward. I'm devastated this has had to happen," she added.

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Reply Posted by syl on Thursday March 14 2013 at 12:06
Shame these members cant get any funding as there is no where for kids to go on atherlsey south
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Reply Posted by jmk on Monday March 18 2013 at 00:00
sounds like no matter how much you try to clean up, the offenders just think, ah lets do it.. they clean it up, n people just think, why bother. its the same everywhere, a percentage of younger, and older people dont care if they drop litter, leave dog mess graffiti, because they know itl be cleaned up after them, just like mummy does (or doesnt) do at home. i sympathise with the group, but without a stronger influence and backing from the council it will never change. the council should rethink... thousands on a couple of overpriced paintings, or estates that they can be more proud of, that would make a bigger difference

Reply Posted by Brian Hanson on Monday March 18 2013 at 00:32
If the group surrenders and gives up on all the hard work they've put in so far and on what they stand for then they have lost and the vandals have won the battle. I think the group is foolish giving up, the group does not need any new volunteers, it already has enough members. What is lacking within the group is the commitment to carry on!

Reply Posted by p on Monday March 18 2013 at 07:50
I went to Dewsbury to watch my son play football last Saturday, and the recreational park there was immaculate. No dog dirt, little graffiti. There was fitness equipment that you could use (undamaged). The majority of people that was there were of the eastern world(Pakistan) but they really looked after it. Few months ago I took my daughter to
Royston park and talk about dog dirt, it is disgusting but this is happening. I come from Barnsley but when I see that people that are English kids swearing and doing graffiti, damaging the parks -well it tells me that they know no other way. Shame