Vandals destroy new trees in People’s Park
SEVEN trees were broken and destroyed at the People’s Park in Bray last Saturday night.
District Administrator David Forde said that the trees had been planted as replacements in the park following flood protection works.
‘These trees were not saplings so it would have taken some effort to cause this damage,’ said Mr Forde. He said that the gardai have been notified and the council will in due course replace the trees.
The approximate cost is expected to be €2,500. ‘The park is being reinstated and improved following the flood works,’ said Mr Forde. ‘It is disappointing that an amenity for the people of Bray is subject to such mindless vandalism and destruction. The council will be consulting with An Garda Siochana on what additional measures can be taken to prevent this kind of reckless behaviour.’
‘We are all completely and utterly saddened and disgusted,’ said Maura Ryan, who lives close to the park and uses it all the time.
‘We knew they weren’t going to last. I saw when they went up that they didn’t have guards around them. The council should know that there are vandals in Bray,’ she said. She also said that there should be a greater garda presence in the park. ‘Good tax payers’ money has gone into this multi-million Euro project,’ she said.
She added that the changing hut has also been vandalised and people living along the park have repeatedly had their windows smashed.
‘The local politicians, council and the police need to get together to sort this out,’ she said.
ABOVE: A row of trees which were snapped in half at the People’s Park in Bray.