‘Sectarian vandalism will not deter promotion of park as a shared space’

Vandals have wrecked the new sign at the entrance to the Lilian Bland Community Park in Glengormley. INNT39-502CON

Vandals have wrecked the new sign at the entrance to the Lilian Bland Community Park in Glengormley. INNT39-502CON

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POLITICAL representatives in Glengormley have said they will not be deterred from working towards ensuring that Lilian Bland Community Park becomes a truly shared space that can be used by everyone in the local community.

The park, which was recently renamed in honour of celebrated aviator Lilian Bland, has been the scene of numerous sectarian clashes in the past. But it was hoped that renaming the public amenity would help to promote it as a shared space.

However, just weeks after the renaming ceremony attended by local councillors and relatives of the air travel pioneer, vandals have wrecked the Lilian Bland Community Park sign at the Carnmoney Road entrance to the site.

Sectarian graffiti has also been daubed on two walls at the pedestrian access. It reads: ‘You are now entering loyalist Glengormley’ and ‘Enter at ur own risk’.

DUP councillor Paula Bradley described the vandalism as “an absolute shame.”

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