Pavilion break-in sparks solution request

A MESSAGE has gone out to a group of people who broke into Creetown pavilion over the weekend, letting them know they are welcome to use the building – with permission.

For the second time in a month, the pavilion, which is primarily used as changing facilities for Ferrytoon FC, was used by unknown people as a social meeting place.

This time, a token meter which powers the nearby football pitch floodlights, was ripped from the wall and litter was left in the kitchen area following a mini-party.

But the most frustrating part, says Kirkmabreck Community Council secretary Peter Lupton, is that the heating, immersion heater and lights were left on, as they were last time, when it is thought they had been on for 48 hours.

Peter told The Gazette: “We’re obviously disappointed this has happened but the building is functional as it is, apart from the token box, which we’ll have to call an electrician to deal with, and which means the pitch can’t be used in the hours of darkness. It seems they just wanted somewhere to meet for a couple of drinks.

“However, the most upsetting part is that we will now have to meet the cost of the bills for the heating and lighting, which is cash that we could have used on other causes within the village.

“I don’t know how much we’re going to be faced with, but at least it was caught a bit quicker than last time.”

Peter said that the latest episode highlights the need for youngsters – if that is who is to blame this time – to have somewhere to meet in the evenings.

He said: “They’re at the age where they’re not yet able to meet in the pub but don’t have another social gathering spot, so I think we need to be able to say that, if they came to the door and said, look, we want to use the pavilion and here’s a couple of quid to cover the electricity, we will hand over a key on a trust and favour basis.”

The senior youth club in the village is only open to people up to the age of 16 and Peter feels those over this age need some focus. He added: “We now have a youth worker in the village and we hope this is the kind of thing they’ll pick up on. I’m not going to rant and rave about how we’re sick of this vandalism – we’d rather work out a solution.”