Vandals ruin West Links playpark

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PLAY equipment at the West Links will be out of bounds for up to six weeks after vandals caused around £1,000 worth of damage at the facility.

The area is currently undergoing a £490,000 upgrade, which it is hoped will make the seafront area more attractive and encourage more visitors.

But now children will not be able to play on the equipment until at least August while Angus Council wait for parts to repair the damage.

And with the school holidays and the peak summer season fast approaching, the council’s vice convener of neighbourhood services Councillor Jeanette Gaul said it couldn’t have happened at a worst time.

She said: “There have been two incidents of serious vandalism in recent days to a multi-activity unit at the play area at West Links in Arbroath.

“Not only have the vandals caused £1,000 worth of damage , it means that this play equipment will now be out of action for up to six weeks while we obtain and fit replacement parts.

“It is particularly disappointing that this has happened just as we are approaching the school summer holiday period when the play area is well used by local people and visitors alike, and also just as we begin work on the new £490,000 play area at West Links.”

Tayside Police also confirmed they were investigating the incident and were appealing for information from the public regarding the matter.

And Councillor Gaul added that anybody with information about the vandalism at the West Links should not hesitate to contact the police.

She explained: “I appeal to anyone who witnesses these wanton acts of vandalism to report them to the police.”