There has been deep disgust, anger and continued concern following the recent spate of appalling vandalism which climaxed with the decapitation of a much-loved statue in Ashton Gardens, St Anne’s.
Councillor Karen Buckley (pictured) has now pledged that Fylde Council will put robust measures in place to tackle such anti-social behaviour. These measures will include extra CCTV, anti-vandal paint and additional lighting.
The Leader of the Council told the Blackpool Gazette, ‘’I arranged to meet the Area Police Inspector who confirmed to me that an investigation was under way and we went together to Ashton Gardens to review the CCTV provision. I’m aware that further anti-social behaviour has been captured on film and is with the Police so I’m hopeful that the perpetrators will be found and dealt with. Wrecking our parks or causing damage to public property is unacceptable and action will continue to be taken by the council to prevent and deter the anti-social behaviour, such as extra CCTV, anti-vandal paint, and additional lighting as has been installed elsewhere.’
She continued, ‘Residents are dismayed by this recent spate of loutish behaviour in Lytham and St Anne’s which has increased since the Covid restrictions have eased. Our parks and open spaces are beautifully kept by our staff and volunteers and are there for us all to enjoy and should be a place to feel safe. Our residents pay for that high standard through their Council Tax and Police Precept and want to see action taken. I am hopeful that the anticipated increase in front-line Policing will make a real difference in Fylde. With regards the broken statue in the Rose Garden, the Council has already identified a stonemason to undertake the repairs and these will be carried out as soon as possible.’
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log number LC-20210604-0485.
Photograph of Karen Buckley from Blackpool Gazette