Vandals attack new play area in March less than two weeks since opening

PUBLISHED: 16:08 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 14 November 2018

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

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Broken glass and bottles of sauce have been left splattered across a new play area in March that was opened just two weeks ago.

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCHThe site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch.

Mayor of March Councillor Jan French said she was “disgusted” to find that in less than two weeks the site had been targeted.

Campaigners had battled to save the area from being built on – with the fight being won against Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) who wanted to build houses on the land instead.

Cllr French said: “Angry, Angry, Angry! I am so annoyed the residents and councillors saved Estover being built on.

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCHThe site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

“We finally got a lease from CCC. Trust set up to build a pavilion and a MUGA (multi-use games area) that was opened two weeks ago tomorrow.

“I am disgusted that we were told today that is has already been vandalised.

“They splattered sauces and broken glass across the area. I hope they are proud of what they have done.

“Are we wasting our time to give March some sports facilities? Words fail me.”

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCHThe site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

One resident commented: “Perhaps the answer could be also to have a caretaker who could open and lock up and have flood lights in each corner of the court, obviously that it doesn’t interfere with the residents on Estover Road.”

Another added: “Such a shame and mindless...a fantastic new facility already being enjoyed and used regularly by many youngsters and adults.”

The state-of-the-art playing facility was opened to the public on October 31.

The tennis, netball and five a side football pitches, are now open for use and will be followed in spring 2019 when the sports pavilion is completed.

The site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCHThe site in Estover Road was attacked by vandals yesterday (November 13), with posts on social media showing red sauce and broken glass left in different places on the games pitch. Pictures: JAN FRENCH

Speaking at the unveiling, Clive Lemmon, director of Estover Playing Field Committee, said:

“Without the help of our three local authorities March Town Council, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, this exciting project could not have been contemplated, and we now look forward to many years community usage on this much needed sports facility.”

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