Vandals’ paint job places skate park at risk

THE future of the town’s skate park has been placed in jeopardy after another attack by vandals.

The park, situated on the Waverley Walk, was targeted with up to 20 litres of paint some time on Monday afternoon. It is the fifth time the park has been vandalised in the last 12 months.

Local councillor Stuart Marshall said: “I spoke with several youngsters on Monday night and they were absolutely sickened that this had happened.

“Once again it looks as if one or two mindless members of our community have spoiled a well used play area for a lot of our youngsters and this may well be the end of this facility.”

Only last year, £1,500 worth of council funding was secured for a graffiti board within the skate park, but this too succumbed to vandalism.

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said they were unable to give the cost of the damage. And while they admitted the latest damage was “disappointing and frustrating” they said every effort would be made to keep the facility open.

“This important community youth facility provides a valuable play experience for many of its legitimate users and, as always, it is the minority that is ruining it for everyone else. The council will try its best to ensure the facility remains open and usable whilst working with the community in the most positive way possible.”

Anyone with information should contact the police station or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.