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RED FLAG: Award-winning Canons Park alleged to have a litany of problems

 Published on: 27th October 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Stanmore resident has declared “we are fast becoming a lawless society” after an alleged epidemic of human faeces defiling Canons Park.

The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, has called for the “deteriorating” state of the park to be addressed after repeated incidents of defecation from both adults and children.

This comes after the park was given a Green Flag Award earlier this year.

The resident said: “A child was seen defecating by some bushes on the main stretch of the park area. When challenged, the large group they were congregating with insisted it was perfectly acceptable. A dog walker requesting the mother cleared it up was refused.

“I speak for many who are flabbergasted that Canons Park has been awarded a Green Flag.

“While I understand both the police and the council are under-resourced, I am wondering what it will take to facilitate a much-needed park warden?”

On top of this, the resident stated they are aware of a number of alleged incidents in the park that have been reported to police. These include an older male being assaulted by a younger male and his phone being taken, a female being assaulted by a male in the wooded area, and persistent drug dealing both in the park and on the surrounding roads.

Inspector Dai Rees, from the neighbourhood policing team in Harrow, said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is at the centre of our plans to provide a better policing service for Londoners. We are fortunate to have many lovely parks and open spaces in Harrow and we are committed to doing all we can to make sure these are safe environments.

“We are aware that concerns have been raised about safety in Canons Park, and the area around the park, and we will continue to have unformed and plain-clothed patrols in the area to tackle crime and respond to these concerns.”

A spokesperson for Harrow Council said: “Our new public safety protection orders – which were agreed by Cabinet last month – will allow our environmental enforcement team greater flexibility to deal with some of these issues as people acting in these ways would be liable for a fixed penalty notice.

“We don’t have park wardens, but we will task Kingdom, our support team, to make additional visible patrols in Canons Park.”




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