Carlton park group determined to beat vandalism


Residents in Carlton have vowed not to let a recent act of vandalism stop their efforts to regenerate their local park – despite being landed with a repair bill for over £1,000 following damage to one of its buildings.

The vandals recently smashed up concrete slabs and then threw them onto the roof of the pavilion at Onchan Park on Oakdale Road.

They caused damage to around 40 tiles – which will now cost around £1,000 to repair.

But Friends of Onchan Park, a group set up to secure the future of the park, say the damage will not put a stop to plans to regenerate the facilities.

Group member Maria Robinson told Gedling Eye: “We have worked so hard to save the park for local youngsters and are currently looking to raise funds to regenerate and provide better facilities on the park.

“It’s soul-destroying when a few mindless local youngsters wreck the place when all our efforts are directed at creating better facilities for them.

“We will not tolerate vandalism on the park and are working with the council to rectify the damage and discuss further action to be taken against the perpetrators.”

The group are now hoping to get the camera security system at the site working again to deter any further acts of vandalism.

Despite the damage, an fun-filled family event planned for this Sunday (22) will still be taking place at the park.

A new mural created to brighten up the pavilion is set to be unveiled which features artwork created by children from three schools in the Carlton area.

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170 pupils from Carlton Central Infants and Juniors, Parkdale and Sacred Heart schools entered a competition to design graffiti art to adorn the pavilion.

Now local grafitti artists Dak and Dash have recreated the children’s designs on a huge scale to adorn the pavilion.

They completed an incredible 18 works of art in just 6 hours in preparation for the event.

Alison Pritchard, chairperson for Friends of Onchan Park, said she was delighted the event was still going ahead.

She said:  “We have an amazing event planned for Sunday when we will unveil 16 murals designed by talented local school children and we will  not let the thoughtless actions of a few deter the enthusiasm to create a fantastic day for the local community.”

The artwork will be unveiled by Anthony Carver Smith (NCT Marketing Manager) at 12:30pm.

The event will be attended by PCC Paddy Tipping, MP for Gedling Vernon Coaker, local councillors, head teachers of the schools, competition winners and Gedling Borough Council parks representatives, who have all helped to put this project on the road to success.

There will also be stalls, refreshments, a treasure hunt and other activities taking place during the event at the park.

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