Community angered over criminal damage at play park site

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A well-supported community project was subject to criminal damage this week after vandals left their mark on Aboyne’s new play park.

Damage to the Aboyne Village Green Play Park, which is currently in phase one of the construction process, was reported today (Thursday April 23).

The group behind the project believe the incident occurred some time after 8.30pm on Wednesday, April 22.

Project Manager Sarah Brown said: “The fencing on the new roundabout has been lifted, the supporting feet have been cracked, the fence has been left lying all around and fence panels have been bent.”

In addition, the protective sleeving on the community’s brand new roundabout had been removed and the roundabout used.

Sarah and others in the Deeside community have been working hard to make the new play park become a reality for over a year and a half.

I am disgusted by what has happened.

Cllr Geva Blackett

Speaking to the Piper, Sarah said: “I don’t think disappointed or angry can relay the strength of my feeling about this.

“I just don’t think people, whoever it was, can really understand what the consequences of their actions are.

“The project is very well supported in the community nd many people have been involved in different ways.

“People have donated, sponsored pieces of equipment and there is so much excitement. It’s a whole community project.”

Local residents took to Facebook to voice their anger at the damage.

Emma Gauld posted on April 23: “Noticed this when I passed this morning these people should be ashamed of themselves.”

Susan Nicoll commented: “That is incredible, I honestly can’t understand the mentality of the people who would do this.”

A zip wire, inclusive basket swing sponsored by Kate Lynne’s Wish , Eco rain wheel sponsored by Apache North Sea, binoculars sponsored by Aboyne Baby and Toddler group, boulders, multi play unit, swirl whirl and inclusive roundabout are currently being installed in the first phase of construction.

Sarah said: “When the project is complete it will provide years worth of fun and enjoyment for many children and families.

“Sad, disappointed, angry can’t relay the strength of my feeling about what has happened .”

Cllr Geva Blackett said: “I am disgusted by what has happened. After all the hard work put in by Sarah Brown and others to make the Aboyne play park more attractive for children of all abilities, this wanton destruction is inexcusable and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police as soon as possible so that the perpetrators can answer for their actions.”

The incident has been reported to Police Scotland.