Plan to fence off Keynsham park as vandals strike again

Published on: 29 Dec 2017

Vandals have struck again at a public park in Keynsham, prompting the town council to look into fencing off the site ahead of a planned meeting on tackling rising antisocial behaviour.

Two football pitches at Manor Road playing fields have been damaged by someone driving a vehicle across the ground on December 2, just weeks after a third pitch was targeted in the same way.

The town council has contacted a specialist contractor to get the pitches repaired and back into use for the rest of the season while councillors also voted on December 12 to look into installing temporary fencing – with pedestrian access – to protect the site.

At the same meeting, councillors also heard the Memorial Park bandstand had been damaged again and agreed to look at replacing the roof with more resistant material after holes were cut in it with a sharp object in November. Measures have also been taken to restrict access to the roof, councillors were told.

An appeal in December for a coordinated response to tackle a recent rise antisocial behaviour in the town prompted a number of residents and organisations including the police, Bath and North East Somerset Council officers and community groups to contact the town council and pledge their support.

Town clerk Cheryl Scott said: “We will organise an initial meeting, in early January, and we are looking for the community to take over and decide how they would like to work together to find a solution.”

A date has not yet been set for the meeting but will be publicised locally and online – anyone who would like to get involved can contact the council on 0117 986 8683.

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