A string of obscene words and images have been scrawled across a playground in Birmingham and the adjacent tennis courts. And one mother urges that action be taken quickly to protect the place and also offer more activities for young people in the area.
The disgusting graffiti, which includes ugly language and images, has been written all over playground equipment at the Mere Green playground in Sutton Coldfield in recent weeks. And on tennis courts, which were recently the subject of further vandalism when they were plastered, and a table tennis table next to it.
A mother who asked not to be named, who uses the playground with her six-year-old son, has been hit by the repeated vandalism. She calls for better on-site surveillance and faster action.
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She said: “Since the vandalism was highlighted in March, nothing has been done to improve the area, and recently graffiti, with offensive words, has been sprayed all over the pitch, the training equipment and all over the children’s playground.
“I think it is weak-minded, and it destroys well-loved and well-utilized facilities for children. I understand that it’s probably being done by bored kids who have nothing better to do, but the words being scribbled are offensive and it’s happening all the time without anything being done to seemingly repair and prevent it. the future.
“Why is nothing being done here? Why is no one taking responsibility for it?”
Cllr Merion Jenkins (Cons.), City council representative for Sutton Mere Green, said he was aware of the graffiti and sought to have it cleaned up. He also sought to find a long-term solution to the problem. He said: “I have received complaints from residents about the graffiti and have been in contact with my city council colleagues on the subject.
“We need a short-term solution to the obscenities, but I also agree to meet the senior officer for parks on the spot to discuss a number of long-term maintenance issues.
“Before this latest graffiti, I have discussed with resident groups that some of the play equipment had looked a little tired. And some of the railings need to be repainted.
“Meanwhile, the complaints about the graffiti arose. It’s really unattractive and not what you want in Mere Green in the play area. I hope the Sutton Town Rangers make a short-term solution. Then when I go down with the playground office, we can talk about other things.”
The mother had said there were things for younger children to do in the area, such as playgrounds, and for adults with restaurants and bars, but few facilities for young people. The 40-year-old said: “There must be a place and something for older children to do. At the moment in Mere Green you have facilities for small children and then bars / restaurants but nothing in between.
“The play and sports areas clearly need better monitoring so that those who drive it are aware of when it has been damaged. But if they could take precautionary measures to stop it from happening in the first place, it would be even better. “
Cllr Jenkins said the tennis courts were facilities that older children could use, and said he would support any push for youth facilities, but said it should come from the community. He added: “We have taken steps to make the tennis area accessible. There are some lessons. We have had a hard time keeping the farthest court free of moss.
“Outside the tennis courts, there is not much room for young people outside the school running clubs. If anyone wants to run something like that, I would be happy to support it.
“The generic youth club is probably not what people are looking for now.”
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A spokesman for the Birmingham City Council said: “This vandalism is extremely disappointing and those responsible have no excuse for their actions. There are many community, youth and leisure facilities operating in Sutton Coldfield but none of this can justify anything. this harmful behavior that does not show respect for our environment or people who want to use our park facilities.
“All our sites are regularly inspected, but if anyone discovers offensive graffiti, they should contact the municipality or a ranger so that it can be dealt with. We will remove graffiti as soon as possible. If the graffiti is racist or offensive, we strive to remove it within a working day. “
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