Van­dals de­stroy new trees in Peo­ple’s Park

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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