PARKING meters and signs throughout a town centre were covered with paint by vandals.
Meters in three car parks in Mold were targeted earlier this week, causing damage to seven ticket machines in total.
Mold councillor Chris Bithell described the act as “mindless vandalism”.
He said: “This is someone doing something on some sort of principle but it is completely misplaced.
“The actions do not stand scrutiny because they haven’t thought about it.
“The charges in Mold are low compared with other areas.”
Cllr Bithell said replacing the damage would cost the taxpayer money at a time when budgets were being squeezed.
He said: “We will have to force out money in order to replace meters or repair damage to them which is an unwanted cost we could do without.
“People must have seen this activity going on – I can’t believe that it would go totally unnoticed in a town this size and people have a duty to report this to the police so people can be brought to justice.”
Cllr Bithell added that parking charges in Mold were not put into place for big profits, but for traffic maintainance.
He said: “We’re not doing this to make money, we are doing this to cover the costs of operating.
“If the streets are clogged up in Mold because of unrestricted parking and we don’t provide spaces in the car parks then people won’t come.
“Nobody likes paying for anything. We recognise this, but otherwise the consequences would hit traders in the town centre because people would not be able to go to the shops.”
Steve Jones, chief officer for streetscene and transportation said: “Seven ticket machines were covered with spray paint in a number of car parks around Mold on Monday evening.
“The paint was cleared by council staff on Tuesday morning and the machines were all back in operation that same day.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Overnight there were a number of parking meters and associated road signs sprayed with paint at various locations in the town centre.
“If you saw anything suspicious, or have any information relating to these incidents, call 101 quoting reference RC14121249.”
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers Wales on 0800 555 111.
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