Community rallies to stop vandalism after latest fire at Victoria Park bandstand

VANDALS are continuing to target Denton’s Victoria Park, sparking moves to increase security.

The latest incident on Monday, January 20 saw a fire lit in the bandstand while previously Denton Park Social Bowling Club’s hut has been targeted.

The recent fire at the bandstand (Picture thanks to Victoria Park Bowling Club)

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, and Denton North East’s councillors are working to protect Victoria Park after a spate of vandalism in recent weeks.

Mr Gwynne has convened a meeting with Tameside Council officers, local councillors, the police and the bowling club for Friday, January 24 to find a solution that can stop further vandalism.

He said: “Victoria Park is the jewel in Denton’s crown and has suffered very little vandalism over the years but in recent weeks the bowling hut has been vandalised and several fires have been lit on the Grade II listed bandstand.

“Tameside Council has now agreed to start locking the park gates at night, as they used to several years ago. They’re also considering employing a security presence in the coming days.

“However I want a long-term solution to this problem which is why I convened a meeting this between council officers, local councillors, police and the bowling club to see what measures can be actioned to protect the park and restore it once more to the pride of Denton.”

Speaking on behalf of her fellow Denton North East councillors Vincent Ricci and Allison Gwynne, Councillor Denise Ward said: “Victoria Park has long been the hub of family gatherings in Denton, with the community centre and the bowling green, bringing our communities together.

“It saddens me to see the anti-social behaviour by a small group that is spoiling this community centre.

“With my ward colleagues, and our MP Andrew Gwynne, we will work with the authorities to bring peace once again to Victoria Park.”

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