Public toilets vandlised on Halloween night will cost £30,000 to fix7, December 2011 | By: brendan64 | 1 Comment »
Ratepayers will be forced to fork out more than £30,000 to fix a public toilet in Coalisland town centre after vandals set fire to the facility on Halloween night.
Dungannon council’s director of technical services confirmed the public toilet would cost about €35,000, approximately £30,086, to refurbish.
Youths placed rubber tyres against the entrance to the £100,000 facility on Halloween night at about 10.18pm.
They lit and a rope attached it to the doorway in a bid to allow the flames to spread more easily throughout the interior.
And when fire fighters arrived at the scene, the gang hurled stones and them.
Councillors expressed disgust at the vandalism in the town, and called on council officials, the PSNI and homeowners to work to prevent it happening again.
Speaking to the Tyrone Courier following the incident, Sinn Féin MLA Francie Molloy said: “It’s totally unacceptable and at the end of the day it’s local ratepayers’ money that will now have to be used to replace something which did not need replacing.”
The cost was discussed at Dungannon council’s strategic service delivery committee on Tuesday, November 29.
The toilet attack was among several incidents to happen in the town over the Halloween period.
It was claimed a large number of youths “went on the rampage” at an unsupervised Hallowe’en bonfire on waste ground next to Knockmoy Place.
Cars and properties were also damaged in the night of vandalism.
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