On Friday 22nd June 2001
residents in the area surrounding Vansittart Road Recreation
Ground were delighted to see that their cause had made the front
page of the influential local paper, the Windsor
the heading 'Woes on the Web'. The story highlighted the concerns
that have been voiced by a large number of residents having witnessed
many unpleasant and sometimes dangerous activities on the Skate
Park plus suffering abuse and damage to property into the bargain.
The full story with photographs is accessible from the Vansittart Rec Home Page.
The Windsor Observer is on sale at all local newsagents from
Friday 22nd June.
A 17 year old who cycles from Langley to
use the facilities at Vansittart Rec claims that parents should
supervise their children at the Skate Park. The impracticalities
of this suggestion is of course obvious to everyone and actually
ignores the problems that residents are concerned about. The
vandalism, the abuse, the endless noise well into the night from
the iron ramps as well as the intimidating atmosphere at times
such that youngsters, mothers and grandparents prefer to leave,
or not go in the first place, rather than enjoy the facilities
a few feet away such as slides, swings and roundabouts that are
intended for younger children.
We are currently researching a report that
an earlier Skate Park in Maidenhead was actually closed following
a particularly bad accident. This report will also feature the
expert recommendations for such facilities from the relevant
We've got signs... for
a day or two!
On Thursday 21st June the sign pictured
below was tied onto the fence at the Skate Park. As you can see,
it only took 24 hours for some bright spark to set light to it.
We noticed two others on nearby fences.
Paper signs tied with string onto
fences at Vansittart Recreation Ground. Just as a reminder for
when they are ripped from the fence, they read:
As from 21/6/2001 the
Skate-Park and Car Park areas will be locked each evening from
About graffiti and the
Borough's clean up strategy!
In the Observer, Eric Livingstone, Standards
and Technical Services Manager, is reported as saying that he
tries to "remove offensive graffiti within 24 to 48 hours"
and that he would "send out an inspector to assess the graffiti."
Almost every Windsor resident is well aware of the ongoing complaints
about graffiti in the Borough. These offensive daubs have been
obvious to all of us since June last year prompting the local
press to launch a campaign to have something done about the problem.
Even today racist graffiti has merely been partially covered
by yellow paint. A five minute failed fix! On the new footbridge
at Baths Island, the graffiti is particularly unpleasant and
we have all seen the swastikas around the town.
The suggestion that the Borough removes
graffiti within a day or so is a joke. Admittedly he did say
he tried... sorry Mr Livingstone, that's "tried and failed."
See earlier graffiti
Perhaps Mr Livingstone would like to clean
off the latest example in Goslar Way, below, which appeared on
21st June. [Editor:
This graffiti was removed on or around 6th July -
Another example of graffiti in
very effectively with no trace remaining]