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Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 2021

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.
Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 20212021-03-28T18:45:56+01:00

Frosty Park

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!

Frosty Park2021-01-22T18:09:33+00:00

Tree carvings

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.

 

Tree carvings2021-01-10T11:01:55+00:00

Easebourne Park remains open in Lockdown

Following the Government announcement last night, Monday 4th January, we have investigated the detailed guidance and can confirm that Easebourne Park and the play equipment can remain accessible during the current Lockdown.

Obviously the rules around meeting others from outside your household must be followed, social distancing should be maintained at all times and if you are using the play equipment please do take the necessary precautions with regards to antibacterial hand gels before and after use.

 

Easebourne Park remains open in Lockdown2021-01-05T19:56:41+00:00

Rain and rubbish…

We were sent these photos from a resident after a walk around the village last weekend and thought we’d share for anyone who didn’t see the high waters.

Sadly at the same time they sent us a photo of the rubbish left inside and around The Roundhouse. There are plenty of waste bins in the Park, several within yards of The Roundhouse, so if this was your litter please take it with you next time or put it in a bin. Thank you.

 

Rain and rubbish…2020-11-19T16:54:59+00:00

Easebourne Park remains open

Even though we are now in Lockdown again, this time around the Government guidelines allow Parks and playgrounds to remain open.

However, social distancing must be adhered too and you must still follow the rules by not meeting up with any more than 1 person from outside of your household, even outside.

Please continue to take extra care when using the play equipment and wash or antibac hands after touching anything and before touching your face.

Thanks to Emma Chapman for the photo.

Easebourne Park remains open2020-11-06T08:33:33+00:00

Scooter track official opening!

The brand new Scooter track in Easebourne Park saw it’s official opening last Thursday, with Jessica Riches, Community Infrastructure Levy Officer for the South Downs National Park Authority cut the ribbon!

The scooter track was 100% funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy awarded to the Parish Council in September last year after a successful bid was submitted in January 2019. This is just one of a string of successful fund raising bids and grant applications made by the Parish Council since the original concept for Easebourne Park was in development.

Also in the photo are Chris Collyer from Playsafe Playgrounds who designed and built the track, and Mike Noble, Chairman of the Parish Council.

Scooter track official opening!2020-10-28T19:01:22+00:00

A park with a view

Those of you who have recently visited Easebourne Park will have seen that the Parish Council has now had the giant conifers removed from the bottom corner. We hope you agree it has opened up the view beautifully. It’s also created more light for allotment holders closest to that corner of the park.
Local tree surgery experts, Arborlec Services Ltd have done a great job felling the trees and clearing up with minimal damage to the grass surface. Several substantial stumps have been left as we look into commissioning nature sculptures.
Now that this corner of the Park has been opened up we’re looking into creating a “Carbon Corner”. The idea is that any resident wishing to offset their carbon emissions, say due to their flight activity, can donate funds towards the creation of a small orchard, with fruit trees more appropriate to this part of Sussex. Indeed, we’ve already received our first generous donation.   If you want to donate to Carbon Corner please contact the Clerk at parishclerk@easebourne.org. 
A park with a view2020-10-01T19:16:04+01:00

Scooter track construction begins 29th/30th September

Further to our recent announcement, we can now confirm that construction of the Scooter track in Easebourne Park is scheduled to begin this week, on Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th September. It’s expected to take just 1 week, although the schedule could be subject to change if the weather turns.
As well as being a fun place to play for the under 12’s, the track will also have educational road markings. It will be made with a green slip-proof surface in tarmac for durability. The multi-route design will have a few gentle undulations and a mini roundabout for interest.
A local business, Playsafe Playgrounds, who have created much of the Parks current play equipment will be carrying out the work.
We expect disruption will be minimal, but please be aware that vehicles and equipment will be accessing the Park over this time and keep clear of the area where the work is taking place. The contractor will be avoiding any vehicle movements to and from the Park during school drop off and collection times.
If you have any queries please contact our Parish Clerk on parishclerk@easebourne.org 
Scooter track construction begins 29th/30th September2020-09-27T18:27:25+01:00
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