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Play Area Ruined By Vandals

Monday September 30 2013

Cllr Roy Miller Cllr Roy Miller

PLANS to improve a park in Barnsley are on hold after its latest arson attack caused £6,500 of damage.

Millennium Green play facility in Grimethorpe has been a target for arson over the past 12 months and the latest attack has seen damage costing an estimated £6,500 take place to the swing set.

Cllr Roy Miller said: "This damage has taken place in a community that really needs these facilities and it’s sad that people would seek to trash public areas at all, but especially in their own communities.

"Barnsley Council has invested a lot of money in these facilities and it has been subject to a lot of vandalism.

"In the current economic climate we just don’t have the cash to keep repairing or replacing damaged equipment."

Sadly, the Millennium Green play area was due to have the whole of the junior play area resurfaced but the work has had to be put on hold while officers assess the extent of the damage, which was caused by a sofa being set on fire.

There were also plans to remove old litter bins and equipment and there was a potential to replace with new bins and a small item of play kit - this is all now in question.

The aerial runway on the site has also been vandalised twice within 12 months, costing £4,000 to repair the first time damage took place. This will now have to be removed.

The council’s Parks Services department is currently in the middle of a refurbishment programme for the four play areas in the Grimethorpe/Brierley area and also looking at providing another junior play area in Grimethorpe as part of the scheme.

The funding available for the programme is coming from new housing developments in the area total approximately £165,000.

However, some of this work is also now in question.

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Reply Posted by Big lad on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 14:12
I know it won't be 80% of the kids but the other 20% don't deserve a park..... Little skip rats.

Reply Posted by pru on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 14:17
It stinks,some parents in grimey don't give a shit about what the kids a doin these days,went to take my little girl to park today to find no swings.disgrace there parents want locking up.

Reply Posted by littls sprout on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 14:24
Spend the money in other parts of the borough where the residents are more human.

Reply Posted by Jase on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 14:40
Why is it the council always spends money in the areas but other areas get cuts Barnsley council is an joke

Reply Posted by Dan on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 15:16
Why is it no one ever knows who's did it

Reply Posted by jimmy cliff on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 18:21
Barnsley Council is a joke always looking for the opt out claws and as always they have been given the excuse they need ,its down to lack of Facility's this sort of thing happens. when will they realize ......its like this black & white town is 30 years behind the rest of the country

Reply Posted by loosy on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 14:20
Dont forget Santa!

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 10:43
It's the older kids, some of which have been left school 2 years. They don't care about the community they live in nor do the parents, The sofa will have been dumped nearby by some scrounger who just got a new one from a government grant thta won't be paid back. There are a lot of decent folk in Grimethorpe, but it has it's fair share of low lifes who let the kids do anything. Such a shame the scroungers bring shame on what could be a good community.

Reply Posted by thinkgod i dont live in grimey on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 14:30
What did they expect spending money like that in a shithole area just give em a rubbish dump to play in they will probably prefer that

Reply Posted by hotdog on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 15:00
@jimmy .. dont talk crap .. when i was young there were no facilities but i didnt go round destroying things. Its the lack of resposible parents and tearaway kids ... waste a space all together

Reply Posted by fed up of the jezzas on Thursday October 3 2013 at 20:42
It is disgraceful how the minority with values and respect have to forfit because of those who destroy anything possitive and good... the council try to build certian communities in need... parental responsibility... yes it is....

Reply Posted by Ozzy on Thursday October 3 2013 at 20:52
Strange all these comments. I am originally from Huddersfield and green head park is the main park with a kids play area and since I can ever remember it has never been vandalised. It's down to the parents if kids are doing damage and vandalising things. The parents need to teach their children right from wrong. If the parents don't care then the kids will do what they want.

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday October 4 2013 at 10:44
it doesnt matter which area you live its down to how the kids are dragged up. Every area has its good kids and bad kids and yes it is down to the parents. I have 4 kids and none of them have ever been in trouble other than a clip round the earhole but i know kids of 11 who are known to the police already because the parents dont give a stuff. I grew up in the 80s and 90s no youth clubs to go to but we got on with it we entertained ourselves none of us ended up in trouble because we had discipline thats whats missing these days a good old fashioned smacked backside it didnt do us 30 odd yr olds any harm.

Reply Posted by mr x on Saturday October 5 2013 at 22:03
someones stole swings off park in bottom kendray near hunningley lane

Reply Posted by rog. on Sunday October 6 2013 at 10:16
Leave them to wallow in the mess they create...