Naas playground vandalised

VANDALS have carried out another attack on a Naas playground leading to a call for a CCTV system to be installed to monitor the facility.

VANDALS have carried out another attack on a Naas playground leading to a call for a CCTV system to be installed to monitor the facility.

Young people living in the town are being blamed for the latest attack at the children’s playground at Ballycane, close to the Scoil an Linbh Iosa primary school and the Church of the Irish Martyrs.

This is the latest in a series of incidents of vandalism have taken place at the playgrounds in Ballycane and Monread.

Two years ago the protective surface at the Monread facility was dug up and the repair bill cost the local authority more than E5,000.

It was not immediately clear how much it will cost to carry out repairs to burnt and broken equipment at Ballycane but Naas Mayor Darren Scully believes the bill come to at least E2,000.

He further believes that a CCTV camera may be the only long term solution likely to prevent a recurrence and he noted that the frequency of vandalism at Monread Park had decreased significantly since the camera was put up.

“There is no doubt that this was done by young people living in the area and it amazes me that when people come to the attention of the gardai after getting into trouble, some parents will say that there is nothing for them to do in Naas. This is wrong. There is plenty to do in Naas and this mindless vandalism deprives younger children of something to do because the playground cannot function. It is not the case that this is being done by young people coming into Naas. This is the work of young people living in the area. If they don’t want to become involved in activities for their own age group then that’s fine but they should not destroy facilities provided for others in the community,” Cllr. Scully told the Leader.

He also asked how parents could permit children as young as 12 to be hanging out around Monread Park and other locations in Naas at 11 o’clock at night and later than that.

“Parents need to be vigilant and to take responsibility for their own children; this is not the job of the council or the gardai. It is up to their mothers or fathers to know where they are at night time. It amazes me to see the number of children around the park in Monread after nightfiall. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable,” he added.

Cllr. Scully said children of all backgrounds are engaged in anti social behaviour in the town.

“As a parent I’m amazed at the number of young people hanging around late at night,” he added.

Cllr. Scully said the vandalism imposes a financial burden on the local authority at a time when financial resources are very scarce.

“It is heartbreaking to see damage done to a facility like a playground for which there is a need,” he said.