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Many parishioners will be aware of a rather unpleasant incident in Easebourne Park during the evening hours of Friday 19th and early hours of Sat 20th March, from reading social media and main-line press articles.
The event. From about 9PM onwards, a group of up to 30 youths gathered in the Park, centred upon The Roundhouse, and in clear contravention of C-19 laws. Members of this very noisy gathering upended a large charity clothes bank container, forced the door and threw the clothes all over the car-park and the Park. Four 4–5-year-old trees, which had been nurtured by volunteers for the past 3 years, were destroyed or severely damaged. One of the metal litter bins was repeatedly kicked, and badly damaged. Broken glass from spirit bottles and much other drinking-related litter left around children’s play equipment. Finally, some had chosen to urinate over several pieces of play equipment. When approached by a local parent, concerned about the anti-social noise and C-19 defiant gathering of so many, some of the group hurled aggressive abuse and displayed overt hostility. The police were called several times by residents and later attended when operational priorities allowed.
The immediate local response. Early on Saturday morning a group of volunteers, socially distanced, cleared up the broken glass (before the Park was used by children), cleared up the rubbish, washed down the play equipment and righted the charity clothes-gathering container and replaced the clothes. It was no small effort. The police were informed and a crime number obtained, the local Trading Standards team consulted about possible underage sale of alcohol to youths (supermarket carrier bags seen carrying heavy loads to the Park and empty supermarket vodka bottles smashed on-site) and Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, Midhurst Rother College has been informed. The local press helpfully ran a story about the communities’ disgust at the behaviour of these destructive and disrespectful youths, on Monday 22 March.
The future? The CCTV system has now been enhanced to enable instant access, existing security patrols by Protec have been stepped up. The Neighbourhood Youth Police Officer, PC Dave Phillips is gathering evidence and is liaising with MRC. Physical Police patrols by Chichester Police will continue. Additionally, the Cowdray Estate has very kindly offered to involve its security team with regular patrols. A WhatsApp group of concerned local residents has also been formed, Easebourne Park Watch, to help with seeking solutions to prevent a repeat occurrence. Very generously, Aylings Garden Centre has offered to replace the damaged trees, for which we are all very grateful.
If anybody has any information pertaining to this incident and/or to report any future anti-social behaviour observed in Easebourne Park, please ring one of the following Numbers:
- Chichester Police, 101 or in an emergency, 999.
- PC Dave Phillips, Neighbourhood Youth Officer, 07776 490067.
- Protec Security, 07795 203248.
- Cowdray Security Team, 07730 096270.
- Clerk to Easebourne Parish Council, 07342 166188.
- Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, MRC, via 01730 812451.
The Green Volunteers will return to the village this coming Saturday, 20th February to carry out a tidy up of the upper section of High Path.
They have been taking a break during the current lockdown but keeping a very close eye on the local stats and feel that the time is right to start their sessions again. The Government advice for the current lockdown didn’t actually prevent Volunteer Groups from continuing their work, but it was felt that taking some time off was the responsible thing to do.
As always, volunteers will be given tasks that enable social distancing to be followed, please bring your own gloves but all other equipment will be provided. For this first session of 2021 we will be meeting on the corner of Hollist Lane and Crossways, from 8.30am on Saturday. The session will usually finish by 10.30am.
Please come along and lend a hand if you can.. many hands make light work!
We wanted to share this fantastic early morning photo of The Roundhouse in Easebourne Park sent to us by a resident this week.
If you capture any great photos around the Parish, please email them in and we’ll upload the best for others to enjoy!
Thanks to Emma for this one!
It’s definitely pothole season at the moment but did you know it’s really easy to report a pothole or many other highways related problems to West Sussex County Council including overgrown verges, signage issues or general winter maintenance problems?
Simply visit https://love.westsussex.gov.uk/reports/add and complete the details. You can also use this to see if a problem that you spot has already been reported.
Please don’t wait for someone else to report a pothole or a problem you think needs attending too.
The Midhurst Angels are now pulling together a plan that will see a small army of volunteers taking part in the Vaccination programme, providing assistance to people arriving at the centre and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Once up and running this could be a 7 day a week operation so we need a lot of pairs of hands. If you think you can help or have any questions regarding what would be expected, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find them on Facebook and for latest news visit www.midhurstangels.co.uk
If you’ve been taking your daily exercise in Easebourne Park recently you may have noticed our tree carvings have started to appear! Local Chainsaw sculptor Nathan Blatherwick is turning the conifer stumps into an impressive corner of carved animals, toadstools and an amazing tree trunk house!
Nathan will be continuing to create his chainsaw masterpieces over the coming weeks.