Vandalism at Waterside Park -Jackson

Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said CIS9L8pWwAQ4Ale

Last weekend up to 40 youths gathered in the park in Bards Hill destroying the only play facility in the area.

 

Play equipment was destroyed, glass bottles were smashed on the pathways and one resident intervened when there was an attempt to burn a wheelie bin.

 

I went to the park on Saturday after large crowds were reported on Friday night and witnessed the aftermath of this destruction. A number of bongs were left lying on the grass along with empty cider bottles, aerosol cans and glass bottles had been smashed everywhere.

 

There was worrying signs of drug and solvent abuse.

 

It’s unacceptable that children would be exposed to this if they went to play in the park.

 

After the very successful Temple event a few months ago which was attended by tens of thousands of people we have seen a huge increase of visitors to the site. We have also seen an increase in the number of dog walkers in the area. I’ve been contacted by a number of distressed pet owners who have told me their dogs have been injured by the glass smashed on the pathways.

 

The community is becoming increasing angered with this activity and the onus is on parents to be aware of where their children are at night, and more importantly what they are doing.

 

There is an amazing amount of positive community work going on in the Top of the Hill we can’t let that be undermined by a few.