Saughton Park Targeted by Vandals

Last night Saughton Park was targeted again by vandals.

This time the panes on some of the glasshouses were smashed. In the past, fires have been set in the children’s playpark.

Saughton Park was only reopened two years ago following a £6.7 million refurbishment.

Cllr Ashley Graczyk Independent Councillor for Sighthill/Gorgie said: “It is just awful to see another act of vandalism happen in our well-loved and public owned park. This is devastating for Friends of Saughton Park and The City of Edinburgh Council officers who have put so much work into this community asset for the enjoyment of all. It is also immensely upsetting and disheartening for the local community who love and use this beautiful green space.

“I have contacted the police for an update, they are now working to identify the individuals and take appropriate action. Regarding the installation of the Public Realm CCTV, the work has already begun on 30th November but I have been informed by the Council it will not be completed until the end of January 2021.

“The Council can confirm that concrete bases need to be sunk into the ground, camera poles need to be installed in 10 location, fibre needs to be installed across the park to each camera location and power need to be drawn to each location from the hydro dam supply.

“The fibre that is currently supplied by Virgin will be fully upgraded on 18 December allowing the Council to connect cameras as they are installed, which will give added protection to the park on an ongoing basis rather than wait until the end of the contract.

“I will also be seeking reassurance from the Council that the facilities and the Park will receive continued care, attention and planned maintenance going forward."

“I urge anyone who has seen or knows anything, to please contact the local police ASAP.”

Published in the Edinburgh Reporter | 7th December 2020