COUNCIL chiefs are being urged to improve facilities at a sports ground that was targeted by vandals.

Kirklandneuk playing fields, in Renfrew, was damaged by joyriders who stole a McGill’s bus from an Inchinnan depot and used it to perform 'doughnut' manoeuvres on the grass pitches.

The incident, which took place at the end of last month, has caused disruption for hundreds of footballers.

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Small-sided games have been moved away from the affected area, while alternative facilities are pursued for 11-a-side matches.

Councillor Jane Strang, who represents Renfrew North and Braehead, has been working with Renfrewshire Council to minimise disruption.

She is also hoping the local authority will support improvements to the site's toilets, showers and car park.

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Cllr Strang said: “Facilities like this are vitally important for the health and wellbeing of local residents, which is why I am pushing for further improvements to aspects like the toilets, showers and potholes in the car park.

“I hope everyone can continue to work closely in order to ensure these playing fields are fully operational again – and show that these acts of vandalism won’t win.”