Wheelbarrow Castle Field
You may have noticed that the see-saw has been padlocked to prevent it’s use. Please be assured that this was done by the Parish Council and was not an act of vandalism. Unfortunately the notices that were placed on the equipment were removed by someone and the padlock has now been damaged by someone trying to force it open, so sadly not completely vandal free and another expense for the council.
The see-saw will be back in use as soon as possible but in the meantime we apologise for any inconvenience.
A massive thank you to everyone who has so generously donated money towards CCTV for Easebourne Park. As at Monday 24 August we’ve raised over £1600, plus we have received 2 very generous direct donations from the Midhurst Lions and the WI, adding a further £700 to the total. So with over £2300 raised so far this goes a long way towards funding the equipment. We really appreciate all of the community support we have received since launching the campaign on the 28th July.
As a result of this uplifting community contribution, the installation has now been scheduled for early September and we will be closing our campaign this Friday 28 August.
As many will know, over the last 12 months we have seen a disappointing increase in the level of mindless vandalism in Easebourne Park. This has included damage to benches, destroying young trees, smashing signs, attempts to break play equipment and damage The Roundhouse, broken glass in and around the children’s play equipment and general antisocial behaviour. Sadly, this spoils the environment for others, has made people feel uncomfortable, and it’s taking up valuable time and resources.
We need to stop this. We have today launched a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise funds to invest in CCTV cameras. This will mean we can monitor the activity of those who are abusing our community space and will help us identify those responsible and provide the Police with the evidence they need to prosecute those responsible. You can visit the funding page here: Go Fund Me
We want to carry out the installation as soon as possible and are asking for the help of our community and those who love using the Park to pay for the equipment. Please consider donating and then share with your friends, neighbours and families.
The Park is such an amazing and unique asset for our community and it should be a place that can be enjoyed by all, not mistreated by a few.
Unfortunately the Parish Council has taken the difficult decision not to progress with plans for a Picnic in the Park this September 6th as announced a few weeks ago. We hope to plan a similar event in 2021, perhaps in the Spring if restrictions are further eased at that stage.
Very sadly we have seen further deliberate damage to the internal roof of The Roundhouse in the last 48 hours, with several of the timbers being knocked out of place. We know it’s not something that could have become loose of it’s own accord as they were very firmly nailed in to the main roof supports.
The vandalism has been reported to the Police and it will be repaired at a cost to the Parish Council. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information about who has caused this deliberate damage, please either call 101 or get in touch with the Parish Council.