Anti-social behaviour is nothing new in parks and gardens and in my experience it sporadically pops up in some play areas and then stops as it pops up elsewhere.
In my 30+ years as a councillor there’s not much I have not seen related to ASB in parks and gardens.
Lydiate’s Ridgeway Park (often called Coronation Park) presently has some issues which involve older youths abusing the play equipment intended for much younger children. The law of unintended consequences seems to come into play (no pun intended) here in that the item of play equipment concerned was meant to be a big improvement on what was there before it and indeed it is. Trouble is the play item has provided a place for inappropriate activities to take place which damages the play area and can also upset the surrounding neighbouring property owners.
At July’s Lydiate Parish Council meeting a member of the public (sorry I did not catch his name) attended to ask the Council to reconsider the play item and here’s a photo of it:-
It has suffered from vandalism in recent months and is awaiting repair (note it presently has no roof) but as a consequence of the gentleman’s representations (supported by Borough Councillor Pay O’Hanlon) the Parish Council agreed to review all options with regard to the future of this play item. This could mean a range of things from repairing it, remodeling it or possibly even replacing it.
More news when I have it.