Fundraising campaign set up to combat ‘soul destroying’ park damage

Wyberton playing fields - children's play area closed amid safety fears, following vandalism - closed signs on the padlocked gate
Wyberton playing fields - children's play area closed amid safety fears, following vandalism - closed signs on the padlocked gate

A popular children’s play area in Wyberton has been closed amid safety fears following a spate of vandalism.

The action was taken by the Wyberton Playing Field Association after play equipment at the Causeway site was damaged.

Less than 24 hours after the gates were locked and warning signs were put up, vandals climbed over them and destroyed the signs.

The culprits had slashed the soft pour safety surface around the children’s play equipment, leaving much of it unstable and dangerous.

Nicky Walker, chairman of the association, said: “With the damage beyond economic repair and replacement costs having been estimated in excess of £10,000, fundraising is now underway and the play area will have to remain closed until the work is carried out.”

Committee member Don Ransome said: “We have had minor spates of vandalism, mainly over the summer holidays, but unfortunately this time somebody has taken a sharp implement and dug a huge chunk out the surface around the climbing frame and slide area.

“We had had no option other than to lock the gates. But less than 24 hours after that somebody got over the gate and tore down the signs.” He added: “It’s soul-destroying, but we won’t let it beat us.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the refurbishment can contact the association on 01205 311373.