Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has expressed concerns over vandalism attacks at the site of the new state of the art play park at Ballyarnett Country Park.
Councillor Duffy said
“Work has been ongoing now for a number of months on the new state of the art play park within Ballyarnett Country Park.
The scheme is jointly funded from the Social Investment Fund (SIF) which was part of the Executive’s Delivering Social Change Framework, and the Council through its Play Development Programme to the value of £600k.
But over the past few weeks the site has been the subject of sporadic vandalism attacks, which is upsetting and worrying to the local community.
I have been in contact with local residents who have been raising their concerns regarding this issue and were looking forward to seeing this much needed park open for the local children.And have raised the issue of vandalism with the council and with the PSNI.
It is hoped that security around the site will be stepped up, but I would appeal directly to any young person involved in this activity to stop.This It is one of a number of major projects earmarked for this extensive park and will make it an even more attractive area for the public to visit and enjoy the outdoors.
I would also appeal to local residents to report any activity that they see around the site to ensure that this state of the art equipment is not damaged before the park is even open to the public.