Vandals undermine hard work of garden volunteers

Thursday, 6 January, 2022
Fresh planting done in Pier Gap before vandals removed it.

Vandals have been undoing the hard work of volunteers and heritage projects by smashing up sections of Clacton’s seafront gardens.

Damage has been done repeatedly to planters, flower beds, and benches installed as part of the Clacton 150 project.

Each time the resilient gardening volunteers and Tendring District Council’s (TDC) open spaces team re-plant and repair damage, the vandals strike again – with at least three incidents occurring in the past month.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, decried the vandals and asked anyone with information to come forward.

“The Green Flag-winning Clacton seafront gardens and Pier Gap with the recently restored Venetian Bridge, gateway to our biggest tourist attractions, are a real jewel in the crown of the town, so to see them treated in this way is quite upsetting,” Councillor Talbot said.

“As well as being angered by their mindless actions – and the cost it has on us all as council tax payers to fix the damage – my heart also goes out to our army of volunteers and dedicated TDC staff who work in all seasons and weathers to keep our district looking so splendid, but whose efforts are being undermined so callously.

“We have some information which suggests this is the work of a small band of teenagers – a small minority who unfortunately risk sullying the name of the many excellent young people we have in Tendring – and my warning to them is to stop before we have to take this further.

“I would also appeal to their parents – if you think your child may be involved, then please have a strong word with them and explain just how idiotic this behaviour is.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact openspaceenquiries@tendringdc.gov.uk with details.

Last updated on: 06/01/2022 - 11:58