The Council fails Kilmarnock’s Children
On the 7th of October 2012 Rob Murray, Council Candidate for Kilmarnock East and Hurlford wrote to both the Deputy Chief Executive and the Head of Leisure for East Ayrshire Council seeking support in removing graffiti from the children’s play equipment in the Kay Park, Crookedholm Park, New Farm Loch Park and Hurlford Park. .
The response received from these officers indicated that the Council does carry out “regular safety checks, with the operative carrying out any repairs and removing graffiti where possible”. The response continues by highlighting that there are hit squads that are responsible for removing this and the council can prioritise and utilise the resources available to them.
Commenting on this issue Rob Murray, Council Candidate for Kilmarnock East & Hurlford said:
“Creating a secure and positive environment for our children to develop in should be at the top of the agenda for any local authority. What children across Kilmarnock East & Hurlford face is playing on equipment that either has offensive language and images on it or broken glass on the ground
This is unacceptable and I am very disappointed that five months down the line the Council is not able to spend a couple of hours at each location clearing this mess.
Local people are fed up of this and more should be done to ensure that where possible material with an anti-graffiti surface is used and regular checks are carried out on these vital resources for families and children across East Ayrshire.
Removing graffiti and repairing damage is paid by all of us through our Council Tax bills. Local enforcement does need to be tightened up and those caught defacing public property should be dealt with by the law. Anyone seeing such vandalism taking place should notify the police immediately.
Whilst it is regrettable that the cost of clearing up this mess falls on the Council I hope that the local sitting Councillors will now take urgent action so that our young people can have a safe and pleasant environment in which to play “.