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Anger at park vandalism.
Monday 30th June 2014 @ 08:10 by Anna Fletcher
Ashton News Stalybridge


Local councillors have hit out at hooligans who continue to damage the centrepiece of a Tameside park.

The Pavilion at Stamford Park has recently undergone an extensive multi-million pound refurbishment, but once again it remains closed thanks to mindless vandals.

As has been the case in the past, persistent damage has forced the park’s focal point to remain shut, unable to offer the facilities it was built to offer such as a café and toilets.

The vandalism is expected to cost thousands of pounds to repair, but Stalybridge councillors have vowed to press forward to get the building open once more for the visitors who appreciate Tameside’s award-winning park.

Cllr David Sweeton has represented the people of Stalybridge for 12 years and has slammed those responsible for the damage.

“It’s very disappointing when I’m sat out here with my colleagues and we’re looking at the state of a closed building which has been vandalised,” said Cllr Sweeton upon his visit to the Pavilion.

“We need this park functioning properly and we need this building open.

“This is the focal point of the park, when you look at any scheme that has received lottery funding, you always tend to find a focal point, this was our focal point and to see it in this state and unopened is just tragic.”

But despite the prospect of once again having to find the funds to repair the vandalised Pavilion, of which the most recent damage concerns signage and windows, the local councillors have vowed to repair the building and have it reopened.

Cllr Sweeton told the Reporter: “What we’ve got to do as councillors is to work with the council, and to get a solution so these shutters are open, so the toilets and facilities are open and so people can come and enjoy the facilities, enjoy the park and see it as a destination.

“This is our prime park in the
borough, this has got to be a destination where people can come and enjoy the park all day with all of the facilities, so we have got to work terribly hard and find a solution for this building.”