£32,500 move to end urine soaked slides and vandalised play equipment in Bury St Edmunds

Ernie Broom and Paul Hopfensperger by the play-area on the Howard Estate
Ernie Broom and Paul Hopfensperger by the play-area on the Howard Estate
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Urine-soaked slides and fire- damaged play equipment on a Bury St Edmunds estate are to be removed as part of a £32,500 project to combat teenage vandalism.

For years, residents on the Howard Estate have been frustrated by late night arson and vandalism in a play area off 
St Olaves Road.

Now residents and St Edmundsbury Borough Council are hoping they may have the answer.

The old play area is to be removed and a new play area created closer to the Newbury Community Centre.

Community leaders on the estate hope that people using the centre will be able to keep and eye on older youths congregating at the play area – and chase them off.

But Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (Heart), has said he would also like to see the move backed up by more police patrols in the area.

A consultation with residents is being undertaken to gauge their views on the 

But should there be no major objections, work on the new play area will begin next month and is scheduled for completion in March.

“The play equipment has been damaged beyond repair,” said Mr Broom.

“Teenagers have set light 
to it.

“We hope that by moving it we can keep a bit more of an eye on it, although we would also like to see more police up here as well.”

Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, who represents the area, pushed for the move after meeting with Heart.

“Some months back, Ernie Broom came to me asking if the play area could be moved because there were people urinating down the slide.

“I contacted the parks manager to see what could be done. It is a brand new play area that we will be getting.

“I just think it is great news,” Cllr Hopfensperger said.