A recent vandalism attack on a set of polytunnels in the Creggan estate has been condemned by local Sinn Fein Councillor and TRIAX Neighbourhood Management Team employee, Kevin Campbell.
It is believed the vandals gained entry to the polytunnels and allotment area in Ballymagowan sometime over the weekend. The plastic on the outside of the polytunnels was slashed.
“The attacks on this area have been going on for quite a while but the recent attack was the worst.
“I would appeal to people to be mindful because the TRIAX Neigbourhood Management Team lobbied Apex Housing Association for all of the facilities in the area and they lived up to their promises.
“There are 32 allotments, polytunnels, a children’s play park and football pitches in the area. This is just an attack on the communnity - nothing less,” said Colr. Campbell.
The polytunnels are used by local residents to grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. All 32 allotments in the area are also in use by local people and the play park area is a popular place for young families and children.
The facility was officialy opened in Ballymagowan in February this year and Colr. Campbell has appealed to parents to be wary of where their children are at all times.
“We know that the people responsible for these attacks are from the local area. We are not out to punish anyone or anything like that we just want the attacks on the facility to stop immediately.
“The area is used by wide range of people. There are young and old, people with mental illness problems - it really is an invaluable asset to the local community,” added Colr. Campbell.