More plants trashed in night time vandal attack

Vandals have once again damaged plants which have been put in by volunteers to make the village more attractive.

Late Friday night or early Saturday morning there was more anti social behaviour in the village when dwarf conifer plants were ripped out of the planters on the railings above Waitrose car park on London Road.

Kelvin Briggs of Alderley Edge in Bloom said "Christine Munro discovered some of the conifers had been placed on the large planter outside Barclays Bank whilst on her early morning dog walk. Possibly a good Samaritan picked them up from the pavement rather than leave London Road a mess."

Not to be deterred by the vandals, volunteers from Alderley Edge in Bloom took to the streets this morning (Saturday, 17th February) to replant the shrubs and restore the planters to their former glory. Sadly one conifer was missing and two were damaged.

This is the third incident in the village in recent times. Last month a planter located outside the Royal Bank of Scotland was smashed and the bulbs were pulled out of the soil.

Kelvin added "It is hoped that this time around the Parish Council funded CCTV system in the village will have captured some images and the sad culprits can be identified."

Members of Alderley Edge Parish Council are going to the CCTV Centre on Monday, 19th February, to ensure the service they are receiving is adequate.

In the meantime Councillor Rachael Grantham is contacting the CCTV manager and asking him to review the footage, as well as contacting our PCSO and reporting the incident.

Councillor Rachael Grantham said "It is very disappointing that people feel the need to cause damage in this way. There are many volunteers from various groups in the village that work very hard to keep the village looking lovely, they do a fantastic job and it is such a shame that a few are ruining this hard work."

Alderley Edge In Bloom


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

Duncan Herald
Saturday 17th February 2018 at 10:32 pm
If the authorities say (yet again) that no CCTV footage is usable, then might we save the money and close it down, at least as far as the pockets of the good folk of Alderley Edge are concerned?
Stephen Maynard
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:30 am
Is it not time that the Authorities and Parish Council give everyone some reassurance and confirmation that the CCTV system is actually working - why would there be a CCTV in place that doesn't capture whats going on at night in the village which is the time that clearly incidents take place..?
Craig Browne
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 9:59 am
Hi Stephen,

The Parish Council has asked for the CCTV system to be checked for evidence; however, in recent days, the centre has been taken over to assist with a wider police investigation and as a result, there has been a delay in receiving the information. Some of the Parish Councillors will be visiting the centre tomorrow, to observe the new system first-hand. As soon as we have any information, we will of course share it with the community.

Kind regards,
David Carey
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 9:46 am
Deja vu, I think I asked that question last time this happened as to good was the CCTV?
Kelvin Briggs
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 7:24 am
The feedback from the visit to the control centre will hopefully reassure us all is well with the local installation.
We see a good number of images on social media and in traditional press of attempted break ins and shoplifters in action captured by CCTV.
Who knows , we might just recognise someone if the images could be shared with the public for view.
Duncan Herald
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 10:12 am
I take the point/s of David & Kelvin above.
Add in that the scum have now 'had a go' in the Park.
If we are 'paying the piper', why are we not 'calling the tune'?

As for the point above re. the CCTV centre being taken over by the police; does that remind you of the days when we paid for (50% of) a PCSO's salary, only to find that 'our' PCSO was often taken away from Alderley Edge, to replace a Policeman/Policewoman in Wilmslow?
Chris Jones
Friday 23rd February 2018 at 1:12 am
Once again, pathetic