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Councillor hits out as primary school vandals land council with repair bill
Vandalism to an embankment — mainly caused by young children pulling stones out of it and rolling them down onto the footpath — left South Lanarkshire Council with a £9500 repair bill.
The 200 square metre embankment at North Berwick Crescent in Greenhills was so badly damaged, the council had to call in specialist contractors Ewing Construction Limited to remove the damaged material replace the granite sets and re-point the embankment.
Local councillor Archie Buchanan said the vandalism, much of it by primary school children, had also led to complaints from people living in the area.
He had also had complaints from others who had been forced to walk on the road because of the debris.
He said: “Over a period of some months I had a number of complaints from folk living nearby about children playing on the embankment and picking the granite sets out of it and rolling them down onto the footpath, which, in itself, created a problem for parents with buggies and elderly people.
“On inspection this 200 square metre embankment had a significant number of damaged and missing granite sets and also the whole embankment had to be repointed to bring it back to its original condition costing some £9500.
“The damage was found to be manly due to the vandalism by young children.
“The council also had to have the footpath swept several
times and the local police were called out by neighbours complaining about the vandalism.”
Archie added: “This £9500 could have been better spent on much needed council services and I would appeal to parents to always know where their children are and what they are doing as we are all having to pay towards vandalism of this type through our council tax.”