IT IS ‘highly disappointing’ that seats and tables in a new recreation area in Carrigaline were vandalised over the weekend, a local councillor has said.
The wooden furniture was in a new parklet area, in Owenabue car park in the town.
The area had been developed under Project ACT, a series of measures designed by Cork County Council to give confidence to the business, retail and community sectors in areas throughout the county. The measures were introduced to help towns reopen when the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.
Chairman of the Carrigaline Tidy Towns committee, Fine Gael councillor Liam O’Connor, said the vandalism showed “utter disregard” for the project.
He said he discovered the vandalism yesterday morning, and he believed it happened overnight on Saturday night.
The incident has been reported to gardaí, who are investigating.
“We (the Tidy Towns committee) had worked with the council on the project,” he said. “Our headquarters is near it. “There was probably a couple of thousand euros worth of furniture there.”
Three tables were broken, along with a large seat which was dislodged from its concrete base. A two-metre planter of flowers had been pushed over.
Cllr O’Connor said the furniture can be fixed.
And he said stronger bolts will be needed to ensure the seat is firmly bolted into the concrete.
The facility was opened to the public on July 28 and was already a very popular area for people to sit.
Cllr O’Connor said: “It is a great social space, and the Tidy Towns committee have spent a lot of time looking after it.”
According to Cork County Council, Project ACT is running across Cork County Council’s eight Municipal Districts with the support of elected members. More than 20 towns across the county are benefitting from the project.
A statement from the council said: “The Project will see the creation of multi-sectoral teams with a targeted focus on rebuilding the economy and community life in each area.
“Some of the immediate actions taken include a deep clean of the main retail and pedestrian areas, decluttering and fixing street furniture, replanting of trees and flowerbeds, additional road/pavement markings, and measures to improve public space utilisation for pedestrians and business.”