Seat that was magnet for vandals to be removed

Seating, which has become the centre of anti social behaviour on a Ripley walkway has been removed. The seating formed part of a sculptured archway installed in 2004 on part of the Ripley Greenway - a landscaped walkway on a former railway line near to Park Street and Albion Street.

Since it was installed, the sculpture made from a fabricated concrete and recycled glass, has become the focus for complaints from residents who live nearby about noise,  anti social behaviour and vandalism at the site, which has also become a magnet for underage drinking and bonfires - particularly in the last 12 months.

As a result of the number of complaints, the Council has decided to remove the seating part of the structure to deter people from congregating there, but will retain the recognisable archway element of the feature, which is a distinctive landmark for people using the Greenway.

Councillor Liz Bowley, Cabinet Member for Green and Thriving Places to Live said:

"People living nearby and those who use this popular Greenway for its intended purpose, are fed up with the regular episodes of noise and drinking sessions, as well as the litter and broken glass which is left behind afterwards. I'm also aware that this uses up a lot of Police and Council operatives time. The Greenway is a wonderful asset and is there for everyone to use with respect. If people can't respect public property then that's a shame but we have to take action to protect the neighbours' quality of life."

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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