Skate park vandals put facility in jeopardy

DAMAGE estimated at around £1,500 has been caused by vandals at the Waverley Walk Skate Park.

And fears are growing that the facility could be taken away altogether.

Opened in 2001, the park cost just over £27,000 and a previous incident of vandalism in 2009 cost £3,000 to repair. Since then it has been revealed £3,000 has been spent, mostly fixing areas targeted by hooligans.

The latest incident has seen wooden panels broken and ripped from their fixtures.

Dougie Mallin, parks development officer at Scottish Borders Council, said: “Money has already been spent on repairs over the last year, and the park will be repaired after this latest incident.

“However, it is obviously a big concern that we are having to do this again in the current financial climate.”

And local councillor Stuart Marshall shared his worries. He added: “I really do fear for this very popular attraction as we can’t keep shelling out public money on repairing it.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism in the skate park should contact the police on 375051 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.