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Anger as Storytelling bench in Harlow Town Park is vandalised

News / Thu 5th Jul 2018 at 09:38am

OUTRAGE has been expressed after a newly installed Story-Telling bench in Harlow Town Park was set on fire and damaged.

The bench is situated near Pets Corner and the Bandstand. It looks like the main chair has been set on fire.

Funded by Essex County Council’s short breaks programme, the storytelling area helps children develop their speaking, listening and imagination skills. The area is part of ongoing improvements to enhance experiences in the town park.

Harlow Council leader, councillor Mark Ingall said: “The story telling chair is a successful Harlow Council project that brings joy to the many who speak from it and to those that listen.

This mindless act of vandalism is deeply disappointing, but we are determined not to let the vandals succeed in stopping our work to build vibrant, creative and cohesive communities.

“We will be working closely with the police to find those responsible. We urge anybody with information to come forward and report it to Essex Police by phoning 101. In the meantime we are looking to repair this valuable community asset so that it can continue to be enjoyed by the residents of Harlow.”

Harlow Council staff are working hard to repair the damage and were there went YH went down on Thursday morning.

A Harlow Council spokesperson said: “We are disgusted and saddened that someone has tried to set fire to the storytelling chair in Harlow Town Park.

“We can’t let the actions of the minority stop us doing good things for this town. We are looking into what we can do to get the chair repaired as soon as possible.

“If anyone has any information on who was responsible for this please report it.”

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