Vandals strike Exmouth land train
PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 November 2015
Mindless vandals, who sprayed 'eyesore' graffiti on Exmouth land train's facilities, could be denying wheelchair users from enjoying the attraction.
Graffiti was sprayed on the train’s garage and gate at Maer Road car park, denting plans to create more room for wheelchairs because of potential clean-up costs.
Helen Newton, train manager, wants the culprits to clean up their mess.
She said: “We do a lot of work with the Exmouth Gateway Club – a charity that helps people with learning disabilities.
“We wanted to take some of them on trips around Exmouth, but because of the damage, we might not now be able to do so.
“I’m disappointed in the people who did this and my message to them is to pick up a bucket and sponge and clean this up.
“The discovery of graffiti is a kick in the teeth for us. This follows on from someone kicking down some of our fencing two weeks ago.
“It is a frustrating situation, but we won’t let it stop us from running again next year.
“We have had a few requests to improve the wheelchair access on our service.
“The graffiti damage could impact on disabled users, as potentially we could have to pay out thousands of pounds to clean and respray our container.
“If we have to do that, we can’t afford to improve our access.”
The land train, which launched earlier this year and operated from May until November, ran an hourly service for 169 days.
Helen thanked the people of the town for their support.
But she now fears the graffiti damage will turn Exmouth residents away from using the service next year.
Helen added: “We’re a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to promoting the town, but no one is going to want to park on the Maer Road car park and use our service at the moment because the graffiti is an eyesore.”