Anger at vandalism

A Councillor who worked to get the beach toilets renovated said that words failed her after discovering that the toilets, which many locals fought to get re-opened for the tourist season, had been vandalised.

Cllr Wendy Agnew, who was one of the driving forces behind the renovation of the toilets, said she was “disappointed” by the vandalism.

She said: “Words fail me, how can people can do this after seeing people working so hard getting them up to scratch- I just don’t understand.

“I don’t know what is wrong with people. It must be during the day, we did have problems with graffiti and we just kept painting over it. I feel so sorry for the people who were taking them up to scratch. They were looking very good and now we get this.

“We perhaps need a CCTV put in place so we can see who is going in there. I did speak to the police two or three weeks ago about graffiti in the toilets and they said they would keep an eye on things.

“The problem is they wait until there is no one around and it is quiet.”

Cllr Agnew was defiant in the face of the vandalism and said she would continue painting over the graffiti every time it appeared. She explained that either herself or the vandals would ultimately get bored and she said: “It most definitely will not be me.”

The damage done to the toilets was brought to our attention after Stonehaven Community Councillor, Allan Sutherland, contacted the Leader this week about the graffiti. In a letter he explained that the toilets are being targeted by vandals and asked anyone who sees the vandalism taking place to contact the police.

He said: “All of this is happening during opening hours, ie in broad daylight when people are around, and I am writing to urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to the police, who will, I am assured, investigate.

“PC Graham Wilson, our excellent Community Policeman, gave me the following to include in this letter.

he says: “Local Police have been advised of the ongoing problems at the beach toilets and are regularly patrolling the area to deter all matters of criminality and deal with those suspected of offending.

“If there is an emergency situation which you believe requires immediate police attention then dial 999. For what you deem to be a non-emergency situation then call the 24 hour non-emergency Service Centre on 0845 600-5-700 or send an e-mail to mylocalpolicingteam@grampian.pnn.police.uk or text on 07739 93 4444. “

The toilets were re-opened recently after Stonehaven and District Community Council decided they could no longer afford to operate them, they were then saved thanks to the efforts of SATRA, Cllr Wendy Agnew and a donation of £4000.

You can see Allan Sutherland’s full letter on page 12.