Council "pig sick" after vandals trash Bramley benches

By Antony Clay | 05/05/2017

Council 'pig sick' after vandals trash Bramley benches
One of the damaged benches in Bramley

VANDALS who have trashed park benches, trampled daffodils and even damaged trees have left parish councillors “pig sick”.

Carol Makin, of Bramley Parish Council, said benches at Flanderwell Lane and Flash Lane playing fields had been broken and would now need to be repaired.

Flowers planted by the parish council had been crushed and a tree attacked with a saw, she said.

“The parish council is pig sick of certain people in the community,” Mrs Makin said.

“We are heartily sick and tired and bitterly disappointed, with vandals within the community who have taken it upon themselves to damage a wooden bench placed on Flanderwell Lane, and totally destroy another at the bottom of the recreation ground behind the youth club on Flash Lane.

“Both were placed in the village for the benefit and enjoyment of members of the community.   

“The flowers which front the entrance to the cemetery have been trampled to the ground and left strewn in every direction. 

“This is definitely not what the council want people to be greeted by when visiting the graves of their departed loved ones. 

“Someone has taken down part of one of the very old trees, which border the recreation ground, to the rear of the youth club, bringing it down to just half its height. 

“This appears to be wanton destruction, and not vandalism, as the person who did it has systematically used a saw to remove the main trunk and other branches. 

“All the sawn off wood has just been left dumped on the ground for someone else to tidy up, namely the council.”

Mrs Makin said the destruction reflected badly on the parish council, which aimed to maintain the area in good condition.

She said: “We are very often criticised for not keeping the village in pristine order, but actions like the ones mentioned have an effect on what the council are able to do with confidence when spending money which local residents pay within the council tax.”

Mrs Makin urged the public to help track down the people behind the wave of vandalism, adding: “Please inform the police so that they may bring the culprits before the council and be asked to explain their unruly behaviour and hopefully offer a sincere apology.”

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