'I find it so disheartening to see this senseless activity': Local Edinburgh councillor furious at fire damage and vandalism at public park

A local councillor has contacted the police after an Edinburgh park has been left with fire damage, broken glass and vandalism.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 3:48 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:01 pm

Cllr Ashley Graczyk, who represents the Sighthill-Gorgie ward has spoken out about the damage.

She said: “Recently, I have received many complaints, including photos and videos, from residents in Sighthill, Broomhouse and Parkhead area regarding vandals targeting Sighthill Park.

"I went to Sighthill Park to see for myself and was absolutely horrified at what I saw.

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"Vandals have been setting fire on park grounds and in the community woodlands area, damaging the trees and wildlife.

“Glass bottles have been deliberately smashed up in the community woodlands where I have received many complaints from local dog owners, some even had their pets taken to the vet due to glass cuts in their paws; there was even smashed glass at the children’s play area entrance, where children often play – thankfully, no children have been hurt yet.”

Cllr Graczyk has contacted the council to clear the area up, and is liaising with the police to address the issue.

She explained: “I have liaised with the police to increase community police patrols in the area to try to prevent further damage and that they continue with their prevention and intervention work within the vicinity.”

The Councillor runs a community greenspace initiative called Sightpark House which helps promote and maintain parks in the area.

A Council spokesperson said: “Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful, green cities in the UK and any vandalism to our natural heritage is very disappointing, damaging to our environment and should not be tolerated.

"We have reported the vandalism to the police.”

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