Vandals trash Peterhead’s Lido playpark once again

WHY?: The damaged woodwork lies strewn across the playground after it was trashed by vandals.
WHY?: The damaged woodwork lies strewn across the playground after it was trashed by vandals.

AS a brief glimmer of sunshine shone down on Peterhead, vandals struck at the popular Lido playpark.

More than a dozen wooden posts surrounding the popular kids facility were wantonly uprooted and left strewn across the park. The former paddling pool was also filled with broken glass bottles.

Theresa Ritchie of ‘Pick Up Peterhead!’ - the town’s volunteer litter cleaning operation - said a regular litter picker came across the devastation on Wednesday last week.

Theresa told us: “She reported it to Aberdeenshire Council and then picked up the large pieces of glass herself to prevent injury.

“On Thursday night the posts were still lying around the area and members of the group gathered them together and swept up the remaining glass.”

Sadly, this is becoming a regular occurrence at the playpark especially as the weather improves.

It’s less than a year ago since the council replaced the posts.

Theresa continued: “They are heavy, substantial posts which take a lot of effort to remove. The group has informed the Buchan Community Safety Group as it is fast becoming a hotspot for anti-social behaviour which affects families with children who use the playpark responsibly during the day.”

Pick Up Peterhead! members have pledged to keep the Lido clean and tidy this year and hope to have at least one or two members down every day to keep an eye on things.

In the past they have picked up hundreds of broken bottles and cans, dozens of dangerously sharp barbecues discarded by families enjoying the beach and even sift the sand in the playpark for sharp objects.