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ARSONISTS STRIKE AT PORT SUNLIGHT RIVER PARK


07 April 2013 

Arsonists have struck at the new Port Sunlight River Park within weeks of it starting on site.  At the end of the Easter school holiday, vandals have broken through the railings at the emerging park to start several fires on the former landfill site.

At least one grass fire was seen yesterday (Saturday 6th April), whilst earlier this afternoon (Sunday 7th April) several fires were deliberately started (see picture opposite).  A number of young children from the New Ferry area were present, with several of them (aged 6 to 14) seen scattering along the beach and scrambling up the cliffs at Shorefields Nature Park after a fire engine arrived with firefighters to put out the blazes.

Although the fires have been limited to areas of grass, bushes and newly planted trees, there are obviously concerns that this kind of behaviour is not helping efforts to improve the environment after so many years of struggling to get funding for the project.

Mark Anthony Craig, Chair of New Ferry Residents Association which has been working with Wirral Borough Council, Biffa Waste, the Land Trust, Port Sunlight Village Trust and local politicians to bring the 2.3million restoration scheme forward was very angry that even as the long-awaited scheme got underway, some people are determined to destroy what is being done before it is even finished.

Mr Craig urged local residents to be vigilant to what is going on around them, adding that in recent months, fires have also been lit in New Ferry Park and at Shorefields Nature Park.  He has written to the head teachers of local schools asking them to warn children of the dangers of breaking onto building sites and of starting fires within the local environment.

Anyone with information about who has been starting the fires is urged to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

 

 
 
 


     
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