End Anti Social Behaviour and Vandalism in Botanical Gardens, Rhyl

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In 2003 Denbighshire County Council planned to demolish the cafe in The Botanical Gardens and build a new Register Office and car park.  Rhyl South West Central Association was formed and they campaigned tirelessly, securing 5,000 signatures in a petition, to save the Gardens  for the people of Rhyl – which they did.  There is now a community centre within the Botanical Gardens which runs classes and groups such as art, craft,  family history, tai chi, computing etc. The Association received the 2008 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the reinstatement of the Gardens – for this the community at large owes them an enormous debt and a great big thank you.

In recent years abhorrent acts of vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour have been increasing in the gardens, destroying the wonderful work of these Volunteer groups who work so hard to provide community services bringing Rhyl Residents into the Gardens.  Due to government funding cuts the Warden position has been removed, CCTV footage has not been monitored, Police do not patrol the gardens regularly and there is no official security as a deterrent to gangs of youths whose appalling behaviour shows a a total disregard for the gardens.

Recently, the Bowling Green Lawn was sprayed with graffiti of male genitalia which has destroyed the grass, a fire extinguisher was let off in the fish pond and a rubbish bin thrown into it.  Bikes are ridden across the lawns and verges destroying the grass and plantings and vandals have climbed up onto the roof of the community buildings to pull out the internet wiring.

Community groups are liaising with DCC on initiatives such as closing the park at dusk, visiting the high schools to engage with students and providing a new control system for viewing CCTV footage, but to date there has been no financial commitment to provide serious security such as private security officers and increased police presence to deal appropriately with these hooligans.

James Davies, MP has asked for Rhyl Residents to send him their views.


Please show your support for the Botanical Gardens by signing this petition to demonstrate to Denbighshire County Council, North Wales Police and Rhyl Town Council that Rhyl Residents want serious action and financial investment from them by implementing stronger security measures to put an end to this intolerable behaviour. 

Residents can also send individual letters of complaint to the officials listed below (as a group) which would be even more effective. 

DR James Davies, MP - james.davies.mp@parliament.uk
Vale of Clwyd/Dyffryn Clwyd
Tony Ward - tony.ward@denbighshire.gov.uk
Pennaeth Priffyrdd, Cyfleusterau a Gwasanaethau Amgylcheddol / Head of Highways, Facilities and Environmental Services

Tony Thomas - Tony.Thomas@denbighshire.gov.uk                      Lead Member for Parks

Cllr Brian Jones - Brian.Jones@denbighshire.gov.uk
Wardiau/Ward: Rhyl South East            
Lead Member for Waste,Transport and the Environment.
Inspector Jason Davies - Jason.Davies@nthwales.pnn.police.uk
Cllr Pete Prendergast - pete.prendergast@denbighshire.gov.uk
Ward: Rhyl South West
Cllr Pat Jones - pat.jones@denbighshire.gov.uk
Ward: Rhyl South West