Vandals strike at community centre

Ballyduff Community Centre. INNT 10-057-FP
Ballyduff Community Centre. INNT 10-057-FP

MINDLESS vandals who targeted Ballyduff Community Centre over the weekend have disrupted ongoing refurbishment works at the facility.

Contractors carrying out the council-funded redevelopment project arrived at work on Monday morning to find that a number of cladding panels, doors and window sills had been damaged in the incident, which occurred sometime on Saturday or Sunday.

It is thought the cost of repairing the damage, including replacing several of the external wall panels, could cost over £2,000.

Condemning the incident, South Antrim MLA Paul Girvan said: “A lot of people are trying their best to improve the area and it is disappointing that the community centre has been vandalised like this; but it won’t deter us from moving forward with further improvements in the area.”

His DUP colleague, councillor Pamela Barr, believes the opening of the redeveloped community centre will help to breathe new life into the estate and urged everyone to get behind the project.

“The council is pumping thousands of pounds into the estate and we need the support of the whole community to move things forward.

“There are a lot of good things and exciting things happening in Ballyduff, but unfortunately there is still this small minority who seem intent on causing damage and we need to get them onboard,” she commented.

East Antrim Progressive Unionist Party representative, Phil Hamilton added: “This centre is an asset to the local community and when it is fully refurbished it will be a fantastic facility for all residents, including young people and senior citizens.

“I would appeal to the community, that if they know who was responsible for this vandalism, to report that information to the PSNI.”