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Anti-social behaviour at Oxford Island play park slammed but three-day closure unrelated, Council says

Oxford Island Play Park

A Lurgan councillor has criticised a spate of anti-social behaviour at the new play park at Oxford Island, which is to close next week to facilitate essential repairs.

A spokesperson for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council took to social media on the evening of Monday, August 1, to confirm the bespoke one-of-a-kind play park will be closed in the first half of next week to facilitate the essential repair works.

“Please note Oxford Island Play Park will be closed next Monday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 10 (inclusive) to facilitate essential repair works,” reads the post.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

A Council spokesperson told Armagh I that the maintenance was unrelated to anti-social behaviour.

However, SDLP councillor, Ciaran Toman claimed the work was required as a result of “graffiti and broken apparatuses”.

“Due to the recent spats of graffiti and broken apparatuses, [the] play park in Oxford Island will be closed for [three] days next week,” he said.

“It is disappointing that only a short period since this play park has been open, it is now closed to facilitate essential repairs.”

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