What a blooming shame!

After all the hard work and effort put in by a team of volunteers to spruce up Alderley Edge this year, local residents who were up and about early this morning were disappointed to see the destruction caused overnight.

Planters had been knocked over and broken, plants pulled out of the them and strewn down the village, hanging baskets torn down with the contents flung everywhere along with broken glass and the bench by the Royal Bank had been pushed over.

Councillor Christine Munro, who was out walking her dog early, said "How can we stop this? A resident who I met in the village suggested charging all the bars for the clean up as it was obviously done by drunks."

Following Cllr Munro's report of vandalism in the village overnight, Councillor Geoff Hall went down to London Road to see the damage this morning and reported the incident has been reported to the police who have undertaken to review the CCTV, which covers the whole of London Road.

Councillor Geoff Hall said "Incidents of vandalism in the village are relatively rare, but always upsetting. It is clearly unacceptable to have residents from the village working hard during the day to make the village more attractive, only to have bars serve drunks who vandalise the village late at night.

"The damage has been done not only to Parish Council planters, but also to pots and hanging baskets paid for by other businesses in the village, who have a right to expect their efforts to be respected.

"In addition to the vandalism there is vomit on the pavement. We look to all the bars in the village to play their part in stopping this kind of antisocial behaviour."

Geoff Hall added "I have just seen a stream of emails from members of the Alderley Edge in Bloom group who are already on their way into the village to set about cleaning up."

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jon Williams
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 9:45 am
More bars, more drunks = more damage, time to put a stop to it, start by a couple of bobby's on the beat at night (sorry I was thinking about the past).
Charlie Gaughan
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 10:27 am
What a great sadness please don’t give up christine you and your volunteers do a wonderful job
Kelvin Briggs
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 11:02 am
Members of the Alderley In Bloom group have now cleared up the sorry mess. We will not be deterred by the mindless few who disrespect the village and our personal efforts to brighten up our surroundings.

We found the box ball taken from the planter outside the Royal Bank Of Scotland across the road thrown over the fence, down the slope on land next to Waitrose and the railway. It's now been replanted and the planter tidied.

The hanging basket strewn over the pavement by Margaret Dabbs will need new chains and replanting.

It was heartening whilst clearing up to have so many people stop and express their shock and horror at the events of last night.

We are hopeful that the village CCTV may have captured the culprits and they can be identified.

If you live in and around the village our group welcomes new volunteers to help us from time to time. Many hands make light work! Apart from regular litter picking we will be planting bulbs very soon and putting up some new planters on the railings by Waitrose.

Please contact either our Chair, Leslie Cox email:- or Secretary, Christine Munro email:-
Emma Cail
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 11:05 am
Whilst it's very frustrating to see this kind of vandalism - I think it's unfair to jump to the conclusion yet again that it's the "bars" fault. Clearly pictures there is a empty bottle of vodka in the planter- this could quite easily have been consumed by a local group of youths at a house party or in the park- then on their way home chose to wreak havoc. As someone so kindly jumped to mentioned The Bubble Room- I will point out we are one of the few traders in the village to have contributed financially and looked after the planters in the village. We also do our best to clear up- doing a check when our staff leave at night and sorting everything out before we leave at night. This unfortunately doesn't stop revellers returning to their houses at night following a late night out in city or town centres leaving mess after we leave- we sort any mess out that we find (regardless if it is caused by our customers or not!) first thing in the morning and are always looking after the villages best interests. It is very demoralising and unfair to be named and blamed at every given oppertunity.
Jon Williams
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 11:26 am
Damage on the green end of Ryleys Lane / opp Piccolino as well
David Hadfield
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 4:55 pm
It's so disheartening to see this mindless vandalism after all the hard work the volunteers have done to improve the village.
It's my guess this has been done by people / yobs who have no respect for our village and I suspect it will have been done by mindless idiots who do not live here ?
I just hope the CCTV was working and the culprits are recognised and apprehended, and, hopefully, given a prison sentence ???
(although the leniency shown by some courts results in these scum being released with a slap on the wrist .....but NOT if I had anything to do with their sentencing) !!
David Emmerson
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 5:20 pm
What a shame, maybe could have done with flat bottomed containers/planters like half barrels that might not be as attractive to the passing pillock to push over. Saying that it wouldn't have stopped them throwing things about. yes the village has definitely changed with the extra eating/drinking establishments. witnessed two men urinating on the front door next to the offices on the top of stevens street the other week!!
Suzanne Gorringe
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 5:50 pm
Such a shame when most people care about the overall appearance of the village , including gardens properties etc.
Helen Gaughan
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 5:55 pm
Echoing above ..... Who are these dreadful uncouth people ?? As I was walking to work this morning ( at 11ish ) our wonderful Village in Bloom vols had made good the damaged Planters . Staff from the Bubble Room were cleaning away the mess with hot soapy water !! Emma , Lee , Scott and the Mason family are team players within the village ; and their Bar cannot be held responsible for anti-social behaviour ... Of course they employ door staff to monitor what's occurring ; likewise I've seen Gary Morrison ( Heather Wienholt's hubby ) washing the pavement on a Saturday morning .... A mess made from Botanist clientele ?? Bars do not need naming and shaming . A greater police presence is what is required at chucking-out time ....

Keep the faith , Christine , Leslie and co ... We all appreciate what you do x
Fraser Pemberton
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 8:47 pm
We are fortunate that this is a fairly isolated incident of mindless vandalism within the Village.

( yes I am aware a similar situation occurred a few years ago )

Whilst it is difficult to stop the acts of the moronic few I think the late night drinking establishments should self police those cliental that have clearly consumed too much.

Alderley has become a ‘tourist ‘ destination over the weekend and whilst this is great for the Bars and Restaurants the dynamics of the Village have changed.

As suggested in previous comments a bobby or two at the weekend wouldn’t go amiss....
Helen Gaughan
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 10:44 pm
Looking forward to our lights switch-on on Thursday night !!! A village event for us all . Normal villagers enjoying normal family festivities . Morons and thugs ..... You're more certainly NOT welcome !!!! Ever ...... Let's hope our CCTV has captured some imagery of these " people " who treated our village with such disregard last night ......
Leslie Cox
Monday 20th November 2017 at 2:48 pm
When such things happen in the village I think it is important for us to stay together as a community and remain positive. Blaming bars or businesses is not helpful.

As the Chair of Alderley Edge in Bloom I think I can speak for the volunteers when I say we are not focusing on this one negative event but rather on all the positive support we get; the frequent praise the village gets from residents we talk to as we are working in the village, the support we get from the businesses who pay for hanging baskets, who sweep the pavement in the early morning, who water planters and who buy additional tubs and planters to enhance their own premises, the support we get from Waitrose who help so much with our summer watering, and from Tesco who donated money to the hanging baskets outside charity shops.

Walking in the village we can all see the investment businesses like the Bubble Room, the Alchemist, Alderley Grill, the De Trafford Arms, Fiorucci, Michael Chapman and others make
to enhancing their premises with attractive planting throughout the year.

The damage on Saturday night was cleared up and is gone. The village is tidy once again and we as volunteers are more determined than ever to make the village more attractive for residents and visitors.
Kelvin Briggs
Monday 20th November 2017 at 4:07 pm
I totally agree with Leslie.

As a volunteer for 'Alderley In Bloom' I've been personally heartened to see the tangible and generous support of the local business community, including the village bars and restaurants.

We've cleared up the mess, dusted down and look forward with enthusiasm to planting more bulbs soon and installing new planters on the railings above the Waitrose Car Park. Onwards and upwards for Alderley In Bloom and the village!

We welcome anyone with a few hours to spare now and then to join us. The small efforts of a few can contribute to an amazing result!

Please, simply get in touch if you would like to enhance the village, meet like-minded people and have some fun along the way.


Please contact either our Chair, Leslie Cox email:- or our Secretary, Christine Munro email:- .

Working together we can achieve so much.
Danielle Hulme
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 3:30 pm
Hello - I moved back to the area last year, and the stuff that goes in on the evening put me right off!
Walking my dogs at night became a real challenge; jeered at By drunks outside bats etc... rubbish all down George Street and South Street.
It’s sad to feel unsafe in your own village.
Henry D Johnstone
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 3:56 pm
Just thought it worthwhile to add a little clarity to this, I've checked my CCTV and caught the hanging basket from Margaret Dabbs being smashed by a little darling out with seven of his friends at 2.30am. Long after all the local bars would have been closed up on a Sunday. All of them looked to be late teens early 20's casually dressed in bomber jackets, jeans and trainers heading toward the train station. Unfortunately due to the angle of the camera we could not get a clear image of any faces.
Carol Bland
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 6:04 pm
Are there any CCTV cameras between Margaret Dabbs and the railway station , possibly at the railway station that need to be checked ?
Natalie Husdan
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 12:17 pm
As a new family in the village who enjoy everything Alderley has to offer, we think Leslie Cox's comments are spot on and would like to massively thank the Alderley in Bloom volunteers who we see regularly around the village and in the park keeping the village looking beautiful, thank you!!
Duncan Herald
Sunday 26th November 2017 at 6:24 pm
5 of the above postings mention CCTV.
Could those 'in authority' let us know please as to whether or not there is CCTV evidence of the scum?
By the way, does the Parish Council still pay towards the CCTV costs? In which case, would we not like to hear about 'our' CCTV catchng the scum?
Congrats to those who worked to 'put it right'.
Jon Williams
Sunday 26th November 2017 at 7:36 pm
Plenty of illegal parking (blocking footpaths) at the rear of Piccolino tonight, hope we don't have any damage
Kelvin Briggs
Monday 27th November 2017 at 4:29 am
Duncan, as one of the rapid response clear up team I was fully expecting the village CCTV would pick up images of the culprits.

Im sure you will share in the disappointment of hearing the pictures were apparently 'not clear enough for the police to identify anyone.'

I'm reliably informed the Parish Council pays just under £6,000 per annum for the service and has done so since 2014.

Henry Johnstone's CCTV identified there were seven youths heading up London Road towards the village CCTV camera positioned by The Royal Bank Of Scotland.

I wonder if the Village CCTV is fit for night time recording purposes? I'd imagine this is being questioned now and assurances sought that the system is fit for purpose.

It may be there have been successes for the Police in identifying criminals over the 3 years of the systems operation. It could be a discreet crime deterrent. With £18,000 spent over the last 3 years you would hope its delivered value.
Kelvin Briggs
Monday 27th November 2017 at 4:39 am
Some information about the village CCTV.

http://bit.ly/1qLectE
Duncan Herald
Monday 27th November 2017 at 3:00 pm
Hi Kelvin,

I was one of the P.C. that voted to pay towards the CCTV. At the time it seemed a good idea. There was to be, for instance, 'immeiate response'.

Later on, the service involved got less, for instance, no longer 'immediate response' and the cost went up, so (if I recall correctly) we reduced the commitment.

The lack of usable images now, suggests that the service has gotten yet less worthwhile.
Perhaps it is time to re-visit the commitment?
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 7:11 am
So we have 3 cameras that apparently can be manoeuvred to pick up a car reg plate and we are unable to get images clear enough to identify who did the criminal damage recently! I think we need upgrade the system we have tbh. Spend money on cctv but make sure it is effective

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