Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, and Denton North East’s councillors are working to protect Victoria Park after a spate of incidents of vandalism in recent weeks.
Last night (Monday 20 January) a fire was lit in the bandstand and the bowling hut has also recently been vandalised.
On Friday Gwynne will convene a meeting with Tameside Council officers, local councillors, the police and the bowling club to find a solution that can stop further vandalism.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Victoria Park is the jewel in Denton’s crown and has suffered very little vandalism over the years but in recent weeks the bowling hut has been vandalised and several fires have been lit on the Grade II listed bandstand.
“Tameside Council has now agreed to start locking the park gates at night, as they used to several years ago. They’re also considering employing a security presence in the coming days.
“However I want a long-term solution to this problem which is why I will be convening a meeting this Friday between council officers, the local councillors, the police and the bowling club to see what measures can be actioned to protect the park and restore it once more to the pride of Denton.”
Speaking on behalf of her fellow Denton North East councillors Vincent Ricci and Allison Gwynne, Councillor Denise Ward said:
“Victoria Park has long been the hub of family gatherings in Denton, with the Community Centre and the bowling green, bringing our communities together.
“It saddens me to see the anti-social behaviour by a small group that is spoiling this community centre.
“With my ward colleagues, and our MP Andrew Gwynne, we will work with the authorities to bring peace once again to Victoria Park.”
(Photo courtesy of Andy Robertson)