'Please give us our Stevenage park back' - Seven-year-old speaks out after vandalism

PUBLISHED: 18:30 27 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:42 01 July 2019

Campshill Park in Stevenage has been vandalised in recent times. Picture: Sarah Holmes

Campshill Park in Stevenage has been vandalised in recent times. Picture: Sarah Holmes

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A seven-year-old girl has penned a letter to Stevenage Borough Council complaining about vandalism in a beloved park.

Harriet's letter in full. Picture: Sarah HolmesHarriet's letter in full. Picture: Sarah Holmes

Harriet Holmes, a pupil at Camps Hill Primary School, wrote the letter calling for the Campshill Park play area to be restored to its former glory.

Harriet, along with her older sister Kristie, spent much of her childhood in the park before the vandalism appeared.

In one moving passage, Harriet wrote: "I was disappointed to see how the park was vandalised. When will it be fixed and upgraded?

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"Please give us our park back. It's a huge part of our community."

Sarah Holmes, Harriet's mother, is extremely proud of her daughter - who wrote the letter by herself.

Speaking on the park's current state, Sarah said: "It's such a shame. [The vandalism] has really let the community down."

Camps Hill headteacher Emma Flawn has also offered her support for Harriet's letter.

Councillor John Gardner, executive member for environment and regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: "The council is aware of a number of vandalism issues at the Campshill Park play area. To repair damages made to the play area will cost the council up to £8,000 and the repairs will be completed this August.

"Campshill Park play area is scheduled to have refurbishments in 2020/21. However following recent events and feedback from the local community, the consultation will be brought forward so improvement works can begin next year in the spring."

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