Community campaigner Damian Corfield rolled up his sleeves to clear a park hit by vandalism and anti-social behaviour when Dudley Council took too long to remove dangerous rubbish.
Mr Corfield swung into action when local children were unable to use the popular play area at the Tenscore Park because vandals left a syringe, broken glass and beer cans at the site.
He and Dudley MP, Ian Austin, called on the council to clear the site immediately on Monday but he cleared it himself when the council didn’t turn up.
Mr Corfield – Labour’s candidate for Sedgley at next year’s local election - also contacted Dudley Council to keep the park clear in the future and the Police to step up patrols of any anti-social behaviour in the park.
Mr Corfield is working hard to set up a Community Action Group with local residents and volunteers and has been in contact with the Police to ensure the involvement of PCSO’s. He wants residents to take back control of their area and work with the Police to ensure a safe environment.
Mr Corfield, a well-known local campaigner and charity fundraiser, lives with his wife and two children on the High Arcal estate and owns a motor vehicle business.
Damian Corfield said:
“I was shocked to see the state of the play area at Tenscore Park. This should be a safe and clean area for local residents to take their children to play.
“At a time when Police budgets are being slashed I think it is important to work together to get the best deal for residents in Sedgley and keep our area safe.
“This is why I want to set up a Community Action Group with residents, volunteers and the PCSO’s so we can tackle problems like this when they arise.
“I will be working hard to get this set up and I hope lots of local people will get involved.”