Words: Kate Janeway
Angry residents have hit out at vandals who started a fire in the recently upgraded children’s play area on Swinnow Moor.
Vandals took books from a recently installed Little Library, which was installed earlier this year to encourage the sharing of books in the community, as well as emptying nearby bins.
Yvonne Allman, from Swinnow Community Centre, put out the fire, which was started last night. She said via Facebook:
“A child could have been burnt, it was still smoldering. I had to put it out. Bins emptied, books taken out of the free library. Why? So many families enjoy this park.”
One local resident, who asked not to be named, told WLD of her disappointment. She added:
“It’s heartbreaking to see when so much effort has been out into improving the area. Sometimes you feel you can’t have anything without people just destroying it. There have been so many incidents in Swinnow this year, the park definitely needs CCTV investing in it.
“I regularly take my kids there and it needs protecting.”
Pudsey councillor Simon Seary also expressed his disappointment. He added:
“It’s disappointing to see the recent fire damage to Swinnow Moor play park after the recent investment to the area. As councillors, this will not stop us from making more improvements across Pudsey, Swinnow or Tyersal. we all deserve the best for our home town and a small minority will not stop it.”
A volunteer from Swinnow Community Centre tidied the mess. Council parks officers also attended to check the equipment for damage.