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Re-instate the Park Warden at Abbotts Park, E10, Walthamforest

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We are very disappointed to learn that a Park Warden will no longer serve Abbotts Park once operational CCTV and call points have been installed in the park.

Abbotts Park is 1 of 6 Premier Parks within Waltham Forest and has in recent years had significant investment in terms of the repair and upgrade of the play equipment. This was welcomed by local families and is well used. There are a number of other resources that are available including the tennis courts and outdoor gym as well as picnic benches. The park is an important part of the local community.

The absence of the park warden means facilities such as public toilets will no longer be open, and there will not be a presence in the park to ensure that the park is kept in good condition and safe. During a short period of time when the council removed the park warden bushes and hedges were used as toilets and littered with condoms soiled rubbish.

In addition, the park will remain open after dark until a mobile warden service locks up. In the Summer month’s this will be 12 midnight and Winter months 9pm. Local residents are concerned this is likely to encourage increased anti-social behaviour therefore making the overall area unsafe.

At no point did councilors consult local residents and businesses on this decision and we urge the council to reconsider the withdrawal of the Park Warden as a matter of urgency, particularly given the recent investment and the clear need for a presence in the park.

We the undersigned feel that without a Park Warden the park is at risk of increasing antisocial behaviour (including safety, drug and alcohol consumption), increased littering and dumping of waste and will not feel like a safe and welcoming facility for the local community.

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