Local green flag park damaged by travellers for second time
in six months.
The Friends of Selly Oak Park have tonight called for a
review of the police response to travellers on the city’s park following damage
to the park caused by travellers in June and October. The latest group of
travellers arrived at the weekend but were not moved on by police despite
having gained access to the park by forced entry. This delay resulted in the
travellers being able to cut braches off trees I the park in order to light
bonfires. There we also reports of fireworks being thrown at cars on Gibbins
Rd. While the Friends of Selly Oak Park believe that all communities are entitled
to the lifestyle of their choice no one should be allowed defecate, fly tip, light
fires in a public park or use a park as a site for an unofficial firework display.
While West Midlands Police and Fire service did attend they did not extinguish
the fires or prevent fireworks from being thrown at cars. We demand an
explanation as to why the fires were allowed to continue and ask that the
travellers, who have now clearly committed offences have not been moved on with
immediate effect. We also call on Birmingham City Council to install new gates
at the park.
Notes to editors
Friends of Selly Oak Park is a not for profit community group
dedicated to supporting the park and the needs of its users.
Selly Oak Park has been a Green Flag park since 2013 and had
recently had this status renewed for 2016/17.
A Public Meeting 3pm, Sunday 18th September 2016 Ariel Scout Hut, Gibbins Road
1. Apologies... 2. Minute of the 2015 meeting 3. Matters Arising 4. Chairman's Report 5. Treasurer's Report 6. Lapal Canal update 7. Selly Oak Festival 8. Carols in the park 9. Fake Festival 10. Travellers 11. Elections for 2015/16 12. Any Other Business We are always looking for interested people to join us on the Committee to represent the needs of the Park, and of its users, and to liaise with the Parks Department staff who look after the Park.