Park gets chop

24th January 2011.'Residents of Providence Green, Pontefract, have been asking the council to clean up the lake in the nearby park. The council have recently been and cut down all the trees and bushes, but ignored the lake, making the park 'an eyesore'. Graham Brook, a resident who helped to build the park many years ago, said he is outraged the council 'butchered' the trees without consultation.'Pictured: Graham Brook and Rachael Robinson with concerned residents.'Picture: Matthew Page
24th January 2011.'Residents of Providence Green, Pontefract, have been asking the council to clean up the lake in the nearby park. The council have recently been and cut down all the trees and bushes, but ignored the lake, making the park 'an eyesore'. Graham Brook, a resident who helped to build the park many years ago, said he is outraged the council 'butchered' the trees without consultation.'Pictured: Graham Brook and Rachael Robinson with concerned residents.'Picture: Matthew Page

FURIOUS residents say shrubbery in a park close to their Pontefract homes has been “butchered” by council workers.

Householders in Providence Green and Midgley Rise claim they were not properly consulted before Wakefield Council cut down trees in one of two park areas near their properties.

Graham Brook – a resident who worked as site manager when the houses and parks were built more than 12 years ago – said he is concerned the second park on the estate will now get the same treatment.

He said: “The way they have cut down the trees is quite radical. They’ve been butchered. I also think there are health and safety issues, they have been cut at such a sharp angle and children play in that park.

“It looks a mess. The council claims they consulted residents but I only know of a few people who got letters put through the door.”

Mr Brook claimed residents had been asking the council to help clean up the pond in the park for some time but their requests had been ignored.

He added: “The pond is heavily overgrown. It’s smelly and full of rubbish. We used to have wildlife on the pond but that’s all gone now.”

A council spokesman said: “We are currently working on a project to improve the park areas around Midgley Rise in a bid to make them safer, tidier and more enjoyable.

“Part of this involved talking to local residents last November about the pond area.

“To complement the work around the pond we decided to remove trees surrounding it first. Work has now begun to improve the pond. Other trees and shrubs in the area have been removed in a bid to tackle to anti-social behaviour.

“We are committed to maintaining the quality of our parks and hope the work we are doing will encourage more people to visit and enjoy them.”