on and on and on...
These pictures speak volumes for the decrepit
state of Vansittart Road Recreation Ground.
The wrecked water fountain installed
in the spring.
The Alcatraz fencing installed
in December 2002 at a cost of around £30,000 now usefully
reduced in height to permit late night access.
The costly, useless, ugly
The angled bars at the top of the fencing
are easily grabbed and bent downwards. They are then simply broken
off completely. There is something wrong somewhere. Either the
fencing suppliers knew that the specification for the fencing
bars was not vandal resistant, or the council specified too cheap
a material to save money... Either way the fencing is a total
waste of money. It does not keep skaters out at night and it
In addition, on or around 4th July work was undertaken
to strengthen these angled bars by securing a strengthening bar
throughout each section of fence.
A support now strenthens the angled
bars on the Vansitrtart Road Skate Park fencing...
...although where it has already
been broken or bent, no remedial action has yet been taken. (As
of July 9th 2003)
Although the newly installed bar
is welded at the far end, at this end, the bar is merely wired
to the vertical support.
Six months after the borough
launches its blitz on graffiti!!!
July 2003 and the dull and depressing
underpass, regularly defaced.
In early January RBWM trumpeted their latest
initiative against graffiti in the Borough. Many residents were
skeptical at the time but were prepared to give the borough another
chance, especially as this time they seemed to be putting some
money behind the scheme and were prepared to publicise their
attempt at cleaning up the borough. Surely no council would launch
a scheme such as this and then be clearly seen to have failed???
For one reason or another, the police are
unable to apprehend the vandals that cause the damage in the
borough, even when telephoned about an incident as it happens
and with the vandals still close-by. It is no surprise that residents'
frustration continues to mount. One young lad has reported that
he and his friends will not go to Vansittart Road Recreation
Ground anymore "... they've got knives ..."
Index and Contact
here - the Borough have claimed in the local press that it should
be removed within 5 days or sooner. Racist or obscene graffiti
should be removed immediately. Please ring again if it is not!!
(Not Saturdays or Sundays)
RBWM Control Room
(Evenings and weekends)
Failed plans to build on Vansittart
1947, 1952, 1989 Reports
Vansittart Road as a running track
Photos from www.runtrackdir.com
New plans for 'Van Rec' announced
25th May 2001
5th June 2001
The first vandalism to trees and litter
bin. Fully illustrated.
6th June update
Read Letter to Councillors
10th June update
Residents Newsletter distributed
MP and councillors contacted. Read
10th June update
15th June 2001
Includes reports and
reaction we have received following an initial leaflet distribution
to local residents. Fully illustrated. Read 15th June update
20th June 2001
The Official Opening announced
It is to be 5.30pm 13th July 2001 with 'Fun and Games from 4.30
22nd June 2001
Its Windsor Observer Front Page News! More photos.
Read 22nd June update
29th June 2001
A comprehensive update of the various aspects that have arisen.
Read 29th June update
5th July 2001
July starts with more vandalism to trees and fencing. Read
5th July update
a 17 year old
6th July 2001
Includes news of the council's official invitation to local residents
and our comments arising. Read 6th
7th July 2001
Read email from Inline Skating enthusiast
10th July 2001
response to Inline Skating enthusiast email
The Windsor Express takes up the story. Read
report plus Newsletter distributed locally. Read
30th July 2001
Hot weather aggravates the continuing problems fro those living
Holidays, a Skate Park death on the
south coast, trouble at Maidenhead Skate Park and letters of
complaint from nearby elderly residents. Read
A million pounds available for the
Leisure Centre?? Local residents demand that the Skate Park be
moved there as part of the upgrade plans! Also includes other
news from Vansittart. Read report
Royal Borough wrecks Vansittart Road
Underpass with puce paint. Read article
for local residents, but some encouragement from elsewhere in
the country. Read
Alcatraz style fencing
erected at a cost of around £30,000 in December and Oxford
tip sand over theirs! Read
If you see someone damaging
the play area or skate park, spraying graffiti, or if you need
to report a disturbance or problem of any kind please ring the
local police 01753 506000. Even
if the police cannot attend, make sure the incident is logged.
If it is not logged,
then the Borough will not see the incident in the 'reported figures'
and will assume that all is fine and dandy!
RBWM Control Room
Use these numbers to report
anything that requires repair or maintenance or may be dangerous.
us, email Thamesweb.