Vandals destroy House Park viewpoint

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 13:49 on 3 October 2015


The structure has been destroyed. Pic: Friends of Cumbernauld House Park Facebook.

CUMBERNAULD House Park’s new viewpoint installation has been torn down in an act of wanton vandalism. 

The Park’s view point, which was installed only a few months ago after careful planning by volunteers of the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park group was left in pieces after yobs decided to tear the plinth down.

Denoting the location of various points of interest in or near to the Park, such as Cumbernauld House, Cumbernauld Glen, Cumbernauld Village, and Cumbernauld Academy, the knee-height structure was intended to be a focal point for the Park, which has been criticised previously for a lack of facilities. 

In a picture of the demolished stone structure posted to the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park Facebook page, a spokesman for the Friends group described the act as “mindless vandalism.”

Members of the Friends are said to have visited the Park earlier today to check on the viewpoint after “reports of damage,” by locals, the group’s spokesman explained.

“Following a report of damage to the stone viewpoint earlier, Adam Smith, Chair of the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park, visited the park this afternoon (3rd October),” they explained.

“The stone viewpoint was installed in Cumbernauld House Park earlier this year and was a fantastic addition to our park. 

“This mindless vandalism would have required a huge amount of force and effort to completely destroy the sandstone marker and brick base.”

The group’s spokesman added that details of the vandalism had been “reported” to Police Scotland, while North Lanarkshire Council – the owners of Cumbernauld House Park – have also been informed.

“We would encourage anyone who witnessed people in the vicinity of the stone viewpoint yesterday evening, or if you have any potentially useful information, to please report this to Police Scotland or get in touch with us,” the spokesman added.

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