Councillor’s anger over wrecking of community notice

Coun Phyll Cullen at the vandalised notice board outside Beech Hill Post Office
Coun Phyll Cullen at the vandalised notice board outside Beech Hill Post Office

A WIGAN councillor has spoken of her shock and anger after a community information board was wrecked by vandals.

The notice board, which is situated outside the shops on Beech Hill Avenue, has had its Perspex glass removed meaning all but one notice has fallen out.

Wigan West councillor Phyll Cullen was dismayed to find the board vandalised.

She said: “I phoned the man who fitted the notice board and he was mesmerised that somebody had managed to get the Perspex out themselves.

“These boards are specifically designed so that people can’t vandalise them like that but yet somebody has done.

“It is probably going to cost a lot of money to replace it as the board will have to be lifted off its posts to be repaired.

“I just find it ludicrous that somebody has done this. The people who did this are affecting the whole of the ward and are affecting themselves indirectly as the money that will need to be spent on the repair could have been spent on something for the area.”

The notice board was bought with funds from North Wigan Township Forum. It is estimated to cost more than £1,500.

Coun Cullen added: “Some people rely on this board with the details of events that are happening around this area.

“I always keep this board updated so it’s disappointing to see that it has been vandalised in this way.

“I would imagine that the repair will cost a few hundred pounds and I’m not sure when it can get fixed.”

Heritage style notice boards like this are situated across the borough with the newest one being installed on Market Street, Atherton and was funded by Atherton Business Partnership.

Anyone who knows who was responsible for the criminal damage is asked to contact Wigan Police on 0161 872 5050 or the freephone Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555111.