Blackmore Gardens damage: ‘We never let vandals win’

The Blackmore Gardens pavilion. Ref shs 14-16SH 9633. Picture: Simon Horn

The Blackmore Gardens pavilion. Ref shs 14-16SH 9633. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

More damage has been inflicted on the conservatory in Sidmouth’s Blackmore Gardens.

Town clerk Christopher Holland has spoken of his ‘frustration’ over a spate of vandalism to the attraction - which means the town council is ‘haemorrhaging’ taxpayers’ cash on repairs.

The Herald reported in February how a spate of damage cost £1,500 to fix.

Mr Holland said vandalism inflicted on the conservatory towards the end of last week was the first time that glass had been broken there. He added: “We never let vandals win in Sidmouth. It’s costing the council and the taxpayer. The town council’s budget is stretched - it’s just made much, much worse when we have to spend it on mindless vandalism.

“Anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area should let the police know.”

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Sidmouth Town Council owns the building – which is open to the public during the day and locked at night. It was presented to the council in 1994 to mark 100 years of local government in the town. Sidmouth’s neighbourhood policing team has been locking Blackmore Gardens in the evenings and patrolling the area.

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