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Over the hedge
IN RECENT weeks, residents around York have witnessed council ‘bio-warfare’ as hedges and bushes are bulldozed into oblivion before they can be occupied by nesting birds in Hull Road Park, Millennium Bridge, Blue Bridge, Bootham, Grantham Drive and no doubt many more places.
It is clearly a strategy not only to ‘open up’ visibility into parks (so that they can be left unlocked at night in future) but also to remove the cost of cutting greenery back once or twice a year.
My requests for information about the costs involved and any replacement planting to maintain biodiversity within this ‘sustainable city’ have so far proved fruitless. The assistant director responsible claims there is no programme of hedge removal but that this is ‘routine maintenance’.
It is patently obvious to me that planting which has been in place for decades has been summarily dispatched to green waste; hardly routine maintenance. I now await the outcome of my Freedom of Information request and a more complete answer from the council.
Coun Andy D’Agorne, Green group leader, City of York Council.