Mum's anger over glass in Fraserburgh kids play area

A mum has spoken of her disgust after finding large shards of glass in the children's sandpit at the play park by Fraserburgh beach.

Thursday, 22nd September 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:33 pm
Glass pulled from the sandpit in the children's play park in Fraserburgh

Leona Tait was with her two young daughters and her sister Kirsty when they discovered the broken glass where her children were playing.

Leona said: “I’ve got two little girls and it was disgraceful.

“It’s not the first time we have seen it and Kirsty said she was taking a photo so something is done about it because it’s crazy.”

Ms Tait said that the broken glass and other forms of litter and vandalism has become an ongoing issue within the children’s play park.

She said: “Every time we go down there’s always something there.

“That particular day we had to make sure the girls didn’t go on that side of the sandpit, but there’s kids - and adults - running about in their bare feet.”

Kirsty Tait questioned who was in charge of tidying the area up. She said: “There was loads of glass in it. There was also smashed glass at the play area entrance. Is there anyone who cleans up the beach?”

Fraserburgh councillorBrian Topping, Chairman of the Community Safety Group who regularly organises beach cleans, called the act “absolutely shocking.”

He said: “Our safety group promoted bringing in the no drinking in public places which is becoming a huge problem and obviously broken glass is one of them.

“People are drinking bottles of vodka or bottles of beer and the bottles are just getting smashed.”

He added: “People shouldn’t be drinking in the play area or anywhere in public.”

“People sadly show total disrespect for other people’s safety in this case.”

“It’s a matter of civic pride.”

Graham Wall, Landscape Services Manager for Aberdeenshire Council said: “During the summer months the play equipment at Fraserburgh Beach is inspected fortnightly for any damage or defects.

“During these inspections the further park area is also checked for any damage or litter.”

He added: “In addition any reports of damage or broken glass will be acted on immediately.

“The good weather can attract lots of people to the beach area and we urge all those making use of the beach to ensure that they tidy up after themselves."