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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Millom vandals targeting park come under fire

VANDALS are taking money from the pockets of Millom residents, according to frustrated councillors.

Millom Town Council heard at a meeting on Tuesday that incidents of vandalism at Millom Park were causing concern.

Over recent weeks incidents of damage to brickwork, windows and bins in the park have been reported to police.

Councillor Frank McPhillips, who raised the issue, expressed his frustration at the self-defeating actions of the unknown culprits.

He said: “Quite honestly, it’s just not on. People in Millom need to understand the money we spend on repairing these things is coming out of their pockets. They pay council tax and we get money from the council tax.

“At the end of the day, what exactly are they achieving, apart from trying to look good in front of their friends? It’s absolutely ridiculous that we are having to pay money to fix this. I don’t mind paying for something when it’s worn out but not for something that’s broken through mindless vandalism.”

Also discussed at the meeting was the problem of flytipping on land off Mainsgate Road, by the slag bank.

As reported in the Evening Mail last week concerned members of the public have complained about building materials and rubbish being dumped in the area, which is popular with dog-walkers. One resident found a suitcase filled with X-rated DVDs nearby. The area has also been hit by problems with old tyres being dumped and burned.

Councillor Jack Park described the incidents as an “environmental crime” and urged people in Millom to keep an eye out for a four-wheel-drive vehicle towing a trailer, or a large van, operating in the area at night.

Copeland Borough Council is unable to clear the rubbish as the land is owned by Manchester-based developers Urban Splash.

However, Cllr Park also raised concerns that if Urban Splash secure the land from vehicles, fly-tippers could go elsewhere.

Millom mayor, Councillor Janice Brown, described the situation as a “catch 22” but councillors agreed to attempt to contact Urban Splash.

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