Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Adizone 2: Councillor slams “criminal behaviour” in Corringham

FOLLOWING ON from our story on Tuesday regarding the wrecking of the £167,000 Adizone in Corringham, YT asked the council a simple question.

Q. Could the council and councillors explain to us, how the Adizone was allowed to get in its present state?

The response, from Cllr Angie Gaywood, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for public protection does not exactly answer the question but the cllr has spoken out at the actions of the few.

We visited the site on Wednesday afternoon, and not one scrap of graffiti, one piece of litter or items that had been damaged had been washed off, picked up or repaired. A bit like the Olympic signals sign on Blackshots that continues to look like a sad indictment/symbol of Thurrock’s commitment to an Olympic legacy.

Cllr Gaywood said: “There is a much-used phrase – mindless vandalism – which perfectly sums up what has happened at the AdiZone play area and in and around Corringham town centre.

“Yet, strangely, nobody has complained to our public protection team, or informed them of what has been happening.

“I would like to make an urgent appeal to local people. If you see this sort of behaviour going on, let us know, let the police know and be prepared to help put a stop to it.

“This is far more than teenage high-jinx and even anti-social behaviour, this is criminal behaviour; criminal damage which will cost thousands of pounds to put right – if it can be put right.

“At a time when the nation as a whole is celebrating Olympic success and seeking a sporting legacy for young people, it is up to every single one of us to do everything we can to fulfil that aim.

“So, if you see something going on report it. Call the police, call the council, don’t just leave it to somebody else.

“It would be marvellous if these mindless vandals could be brought to justice and – just perhaps – made to fix the mess they have made of a wonderful community facility enjoyed by so many.”

If you wish to report an incident, contact Essex Police on 0300 333 4444 or in an emergency 999; call the council on 01375 652211, by e-mail to knockknock@thurrock.gov.uk or by phoning your local housing office.

Thurrock Council is analysing the damage done to the AdiZone before considering what, if anything, can be done and how it can be financed.

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