‘Mindless’ damage slammed

Councillors Frank McNally and Harry Curran at a vandalised bus shelter in Crossgates which has been targeted twice in the last fortnight.
Councillors Frank McNally and Harry Curran at a vandalised bus shelter in Crossgates which has been targeted twice in the last fortnight.

Two councillors have this week hit out at the ‘mindless’ vandals who have been damaging bus shelters in the Bellshill area.

The town seems to have become a particular hot spot for bus shelters being vandalised and Bellshill councillor Harry Curran believes making them as vandal-proof as possible is the only answer.

He said: “ There is no sense to it at all. These are facilities for bus passengers to shelter from the wind and rain, and it is simply mindless behavoiur to vandalise them.

“It’s very strange, you get these things in circles when nothing happens for a long time and then you get hammered and Bellshill is certainly getting hammered at the moment.

“This is a crime that happens so quickly it is hard to crack down on and, unfortunately, it is low level crime so it would be hard to justify expanding the CCTV network.

“While the glass looks nice ,it is clearly not ideal when it is constantly lying on the ground in shards and it is time perspex or some other substance was used.”

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally is North Lanarkshire Council’s representative on the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport board.

He said: “Repairing bus shelters every couple of weeks is a necessary, but unfortunate, waste of money that I’m sure could be put to far better use.

“There is a real issue with bus shelters being vandalised across the whole of central Scotland and I am acutely aware that this is quickly becoming a major problem in Bellshill and Mossend particularly.

“It’s a concern, not just for bus passengers, but for anyone walking past, especially if they have a dog which could get its paws cut or young children who clearly should be kept away from broken glass.

“I’ll certainly be raising it with SPT as well as the police and I’ll be asking them to keep an eye out to ensure no mischief is going on.”

The bus shelters are maintained by Clear Channel.

A spokeswoman said: “There have been a couple of incidents of vandalism in the area, but we certainly wouldn’t say there’s a pattern.

“We find that responding promptly to vandalism is the best way to stop repeat incidents.”