Grieving families in Strabane are up in arms about quad bikes being driven around a local graveyard.
Sinn Féin Councillor Jay McCauley claimed that handbrake turns were even being performed in Strabane Cemetery at the Head-of-the-Town.
He says he’s received a steady stream of complaints from people visiting the graves of their loved ones about quads being driven around the car park and adjoining paths.
He told the ‘Derry Journal’ today: “A field to the rear of the graveyard has been a favoured gathering spot for local quad bike users over recent years. However, over recent days I have received a steady stream of complaints from people visiting the graves of their loved ones who were distressed that the sanctity of the graveyard is not being respected with quads being driven noisily around the car park and adjoining paths in a totally inappropriate manner with hand-brake turns and the like being carried out.
“No-one is objecting to the quad bike enthusiasts using the adjoining field for their hobby as they have been doing for some time and no-one is attempting to be a kill-joy, but I would just appeal for the sanctity of the graveyard to be respected at all times. “
Councillor McCauley said a fence linking the field to the graveyard was recently pulled down and this may be contributing to the problem. He has been in contact with Strabane District Council’s Technical Services Department to have the broken fence re-instated as soon as possible.
“I have also received complaints that fly-tipping has occurred with large bulky rubbish abandoned at the steps at the lower reach of the graveyard. Once again, whoever did this needs to seriously reflect on just how inappropriate and disrespectful this action was,” he added.