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Dismay as Peterhead park left churned by rogue driver

Locator of the damage to the grass at Meethill Tower, Peterhead. 
Picture by Jim Irvine
Locator of the damage to the grass at Meethill Tower, Peterhead. Picture by Jim Irvine

A north-east park has been left damaged after a motorist took a drive through its grass.

A series of trenches were carved by a vehicle into the green space at West Links in Peterhead over the weekend.

The damage was discovered on Sunday morning.

And last night, local councillor Stephen Calder said the damage, which could take weeks to fully repair, was regrettable.

“Hopefully this turns out to just be an isolated incident,” he said.

“It really is deplorable to see hooliganism like this which disturbs the peace of the neighbourhood.

“It has to be awful for the people living there who use this park to be set back by these actions.”

The park is one of the few green spaces remaining at the west of the town which overlooks the bay and marina and is regularly played on by children and used by families for picnics in the summer.

It is also the site of the town’s Reform Tower which was built in the 1830s.

It was originally meant to be an observatory to commemorate the passing of the Reform Act, but was never fully completed.

The Reform Act meant that Peterhead became a parliamentary burgh and was therefore entitled to one MP in the House of Commons as part of the Elgin constituency.

In recent years plans have been mooted to turn the park where it stands into a visitor attraction.

The latest proposal, lodged in 2009, was to overhaul the tower with floodlighting to make it a focal point for the port.

Ideas were also floated to have a webcam installed at the top of the tower, build a cafe and visitor centre nearby and expand the street’s parking.

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