Elected officials are confident that Carnoustie’s Beautiful Scotland entry has been unaffected by a recent wave of petty vandalism.
The comments came following the daubing of graffiti high up on Carnoustie Leisure Centre, just days after the town’s paddling pool was closed by a mindless act of vandalism.
And although the timing could have been better Jim Simpson, chair of Carnoustie Community Council, believes it has not affected their Beautiful Scotland competition bid which is run by the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
He said: “Obviously the community council condemns these actions and we are disgusted by this recent spate of vandalism in Carnoustie.
“Recently there were also the flowers that were taken out of the planters and thrown in the burn and so this kind of thing does impact on our Scotland in Bloom bid, but indirectly.”
He continued: “It affects so many people because folk go out of their way to spend time doing these things and then a minority go out of their way to destroy that.
“Obviously we did our best to deflect the judges from that. The judges are only here for a couple of hours and we were able to show them many of the good things around Carnoustie.
“A lot of the community has got on board with the Scotland in Bloom this year and have gone out of their way to help. There were a lot of individuals, community groups and organisations involved and Carnoustie Community Council would like to thank all of them for their efforts.”
Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd revealed that the chase is on for the culprits. He said: “It’s a small minority of people involved in these acts and we’ve got a couple of names that have come to light which have been passed on to the Community Wardens and myself and they are being handed to the police to chase up.
“There are lots of great kids in Carnoustie but there are a few bad apples. Just like in a hotel if you put out one bad meal in a hundred it does more damage than the other 99 per cent of good meals and this one per cent cannot be allowed to grow any further.”
He added: “Think about your actions, whether you are a child or an adult, and whether your actions are detrimental to the town. People keep asking for respect, children and adults, well you need to start showing some respect to the town around you.”
In a display of community spirit Ross Smyth of Smyth Composites has offered a £250 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the vandals, as has a second anonymous businessman.
Councillor Boyd added: “Our town is a lovely town, let’s not blow this out of proportion, but let’s all work together to make sure it stays the lovely place to live in that we know it is.”