Thief targets village heritage trail project

Mallusk Community Action Group Chairman, Barry Macaulay.
Mallusk Community Action Group Chairman, Barry Macaulay.

MEMBERS of a local community group have been left shocked and upset after someone deliberately scuppered their efforts to promote a new heritage trail in their village.

The last of five information panels designed to provide visitors with details about the Mallusk Heritage Trail was erected by Mallusk Community Action Group (MCAG) at Hydepark Road on July 28. But two days later it was gone.

“We erected the final interpretive board last Thursday night. Unfortunately by Saturday morning it had been removed without trace,” MCAG Chairman, Barry Macaulay told the Times.

“This has been very upsetting for the group as we spent a lot of time and effort in fundraising for and producing the board. We are very disappointed as this was the first board on the trail and the one that we had put the most work into.”

The plastic interpretive board, which measures around 4ft by 2ft, shows a map of the heritage trail and lists 10 places of interest around the village. It had been bolted to the wall of the McNicholas Construction building - the site of the old Hyde Park Linen Bleaching and Finishing Works.

Members of the community group believe it may have been someone who was opposed to the heritage trail project who stole the sign.

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