NEWLY-refurbished sports changing rooms have again been targeted by mindless yobs.
Now the Wigan authorities are appealing for families to make sure they know where their children are at night and what they are doing.
Seeing council cash spent on public building make-overs only for the work to be ruined is particularly frustrating in these straitened times, say local councillors.
The latest attack at Golborne’s Legh Street park and playing fields is the second in six weeks. Teenagers with car paint spray cans defaced the structure with graffiti tags, although the damage was at least confined to the exterior of the secured building.
Golborne and Lowton West ward councillor Yvonne Klieve said that she was “utterly dismayed” when called to the park by an upset member of the public to see yet another criminal act against the facilities.
She said that the Rec was very well used as a play area for children of all ages and yet again there is a minority - believed to be local teenagers - who want to spoil it for everyone else.
Coun Klieve said: “Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles enjoy their leisure time on Legh Street Park and don’t want to have to look at this while they are there.
”We contacted WLCT on Sunday as soon as we saw what the vandals had done and they have placed an order to have it re painted, but this is not the first time.
“The vandals were out about six weeks ago and did exactly the same thing. They are just intent on spoiling a well-used play area for everyone else.
“This Summer in Golborne we have many activities for the youths including the Cool Zone every Thursday on Legh Street Park and sports activities on Heywood Avenue park every Tuesday evening so there are plenty of people about and I am asking if anyone sees this happening, or indeed any anti-social behaviour of any description, they should please report it to the Police or the Local Neighbourhood Team and let us put a stop to this once and for all.”
Ward colleague Coun Stuart Keane added: “Someone knows who these people are who seem to enjoy spoiling local areas for residents who enjoy spending their leisure time on the park with their youngsters. Please help us stop this by reporting any issues that you see.”
Golborne PCSOs Dave Radcliffe and Brian Gough are now urging residents to use the new police 101 phone number to report criminal damage.
PCSO Radcliffe said: “Let us ensure Golborne remains a decent area to live for all our residents.”
A spokesman for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “This type of anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and we would encourage people to contact the police if they know anything.
“These are extremely tough financial times and this is a completely unnecessary cost that we will now have to absorb. We’d encourage people to have pride in their public amenities.”