Marshall’s plea over vandalism

Free the weed, damage to grass at Sleepy Valley, Burnfoot.
Free the weed, damage to grass at Sleepy Valley, Burnfoot.

Burnfoot councillors are calling for residents to be vigilant in the fight against vandals after someone sprayed the words ‘Freetheweed’ onto grass at Sleepy Valley.

The call comes after the latest spree which will cost Scottish Borders Council thousands of ponds to rectify.

Speaking this week, Councillor Stuart Marshall said: “This week both Councillor Watson McAteer and myself along with council officers met at Sleepy Valley to view the latest round of vandalism in this area.

“In recent weeks fencing panels have been stolen , graffiti and weedkiller has been applied to a large area of grass and a basket swing, which cost around £4,000, has been set a light .

“I was pleased to hear that council officials may be able to replace the very popular basket swing but I would urge any member of the public that may have information on this vandalism to get in touch with the police or their councillor. It’s a blight on the estate and should not be tolerated.”

He added: “ To replace the fence panels will cost around £4,000 and the parks department are going to attend to the damaged grass but again it’s time and money.”

Mr Marshall, who was brought up on the estate, continued: “There are so many good and hard working people doing a magnificent job for Burnfoot but it is a real shame that this popular play park has been targeted by vandals yet again.”