A special week of action has got underway in Rossmere Park to highlight the need for everyone to res - Friday 02 November 2018
By Hartlepool Alert
A special week of action has got underway in Rossmere Park to highlight the need for everyone to respect the park and to report any incidents of vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Hartlepool Borough Council is due to start work shortly on 550,000 of grantfunded improvements to the popular park, including new play and leisure equipment and parking facilities plus enhancements to the pond area. However, this has been overshadowed by recent incidents including vandalism to the public toilets, the starting of small fires and abusive behaviour towards the park security staff. The week of action which runs until Tuesday 6 November is spearheaded by the Hartlepool Community Safety Team, which is made up of Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade. Over the course of the week the Team will be active in the area, with the clear message that vandalism and antisocial behaviour wont be tolerated, and local residents and park users are being urged to play their part in caring for this popular park by reporting in confidence any information about any incidents in the park. Also throughout the week, the Councils Grounds Maintenance Team will be carrying out a range of winter maintenance work around the park, including cutting back perimeter shrubs and clearing leaves, and its Enforcement Team will be keeping a check on the area for issues such as littering and dog fouling. Later in the week, the Friends of Rossmere Park and other volunteers will be lending a hand to help keep the park clean and tidy. Councillor Stephen AkersBelcher, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Councils Neighbourhood Services Committee, said Like our other parks, Rossmere Park is an asset to the town and a bright future beckons for it in the form of the major investment in new facilities. Sadly, over recent months a small minority of people have been intent on spoiling things for everyone else, and we wont tolerate this. The Hartlepool Community Safety Team is working hard to identify the culprits so that action can be taken against them and I would appeal to local residents to help us do this by reporting, in confidence, any information they might have by calling 01429 523100 during normal office hours or 101 outside office hours. Together we can help ensure that Rossmere Park and its staff are treated with the respect they deserve and the park continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Keep up to date with this alert by visiting the Hartlepool News and Alert Facebook Page via www.facebook.com/HartlepoolNewsAlerts