Friends of Colley Gate launch fundraising appeal following spate of vandalism

Vandalism in Colley Gate's green spaces

A local community group have launched a fundraising appeal after vandals targeted a much-loved green space they created in the area.

In December, vandals caused havoc at the green in Colley Gate, ripping up newly installed park benches and decorative arches, and tearing down hanging baskets.

The group have set an ambitious fundraising goal of £1000 which, if reached, will allow them to repair and replace what has been damaged, continue to improve the site, and host community events later in the year.

The Friends of Colley Gate are no strangers to adversity having twice seen off council plans to build on the site. They were also faced with a similar vandal attack in 2021 which saw Christmas decorations torn down and the group's campaign banner ripped in two.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Cradley and Wollescote, and Founding Member of Friends of Colley Gate, Ryan Priest said:

"We're not going to shy away from making our community a better place just because a few people take joy in setting us back. If we have managed to beat the council twice we can certainly bounce back from this.

"But we do need the communities help, we don't get any funding from the council for the work we do - everything is donated. I know times are tough, but if anyone feels able to chip in it really will make a difference."

Donations can be made online on the Groups JustGiving Page.


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