Youths ignore warnings over vandalism

September 04 2019
Youths ignore warnings over vandalism

Young people are being warned their continuing vandalism and littering could lead to the removal of seating beside St Peter’s multi-use games area (MUGA).

Despite previous warnings over the issue the situation has failed to improve, prompting St Peter’s Village Hall Association to take away the covering over the seats and posting notices that the seats could go the same way.

St Peter’s parish councillor Roger Knight, who is also a member of the Village Hall Association, said: “We have removed the roof structures over the seats by the MUGA as, despite warnings, the litter and other issues became unacceptable.

“Two signs were specially made and riveted to the seats, warning that further vandalism, litter and other waste discarded in the area would result in action being taken.

“The signs were destroyed and the litter, including food, alcohol and drug-related material, continued to be discarded without thought or consideration.

“It is regrettable that such action is necessary as it removes items of capital investment that were introduced to improve the environment for our local youth.”

His views were echoed by Steve Mackay, who represents St Peter’s on Worcester City Council.

He said: “It’s a shame that we are having to take such measures, which have been done to ensure or try to ensure that the area stays pleasant for everybody.

“On a recent day I was by the MUGA when I saw the results of the litter being either tipped out or left by the bin there despite a number of reassurances from local youths about how they would leave the area tidy.

“Sadly, that proved not to be the case.

“Together with Roger Knight and a concerned resident we spent 20 minutes putting it back in the bins.”

Notices placed on the MUGA seats say: “Continued misuse, anti-social behaviour and littering will result in full removal of benches!” and “You were warned! You are being watched by CCTV”.

At the beginning of this year a youth shelter next to the MUGA was dismantled and removed after users ignored pleas to keep the area surrounding it tidy.

That move was described at the time as “a sad outcome” by Mr Knight, who had helped raise the money for its construction during his time as a Worcester city councillor.

The MUGA and youth shelter had been built in 2005 at a cost of £84,000.

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