Park opening security fears

West Bank Park

West Bank Park

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AS A local resident, I wish to express my concerns regarding West Bank Park.

For the past few months, the park has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This has been a concern not only in terms of security, with people in the park at all times day and night, but also for safety reasons and vandalism.

During high winds this week, the park was left open and a large tree fell over close to the main pathway which runs through the park.

This could have had serious consequences to members of the public, for obvious reasons.

I think the security of the park needs reviewing for the safety of local residents and other members of the public and wanted to highlight that around the city parks are being disregarded and overlooked.

Sharron Everest, James Backhouse Place, York.

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7:30pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Dr Robert says...

Oh yes ,this is another of James Alexanders 'Big Ideas', save a lads wages on minimum wage and leave the place open all night. I know most of York's Crown Bowling Greens have been sold off and built on, so what will happen to West Banks two greens, it does not take to much conjuring up, the little yobs who have nothing better to do will be in there trashing the area. I have seen the results of the vandalism in that park when there was a Park Warden in operation.
Oh yes ,this is another of James Alexanders 'Big Ideas', save a lads wages on minimum wage and leave the place open all night. I know most of York's Crown Bowling Greens have been sold off and built on, so what will happen to West Banks two greens, it does not take to much conjuring up, the little yobs who have nothing better to do will be in there trashing the area. I have seen the results of the vandalism in that park when there was a Park Warden in operation. Dr Robert
  • Score: 9

9:06pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

So pleased that they continue to lock Rowntrees Park as it is very close to where I live. But why does Rowntrees get locked over preference to other parks around York? Is it because this is a predominately middle class area? ( I assure you that I am far from middle class, I just happen to live in the area). The whole plan stinks of favouritism if I I dare say. Very typical of this sham "Labour" council. More like a bunch of Tory's than Labour.
So pleased that they continue to lock Rowntrees Park as it is very close to where I live. But why does Rowntrees get locked over preference to other parks around York? Is it because this is a predominately middle class area? ( I assure you that I am far from middle class, I just happen to live in the area). The whole plan stinks of favouritism if I I dare say. Very typical of this sham "Labour" council. More like a bunch of Tory's than Labour. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Sun 23 Feb 14

bravo whisky says...

I frequented West Bank Park as a child with my mates on a daily basis, that was late fifties ,early sixties in the days when one respected the Park keepers authority and at closing time he would walk through the park with his bell so no one got locked in. At no time did it ever enter any ones head to destroy trees, shrubs or the Bowling Greens but times have changed, I too have walked through that park over recent years to see sapplings mindlessly destroyed in the wooded area, the Basketball area, totally unsupervised where anything goes, least of all basketball. This is one of this Labour Councils thoughtless money saving ideas and along with everything else, be the finish of them. I doubt any of the so-called cabinet have even been in that park.
I frequented West Bank Park as a child with my mates on a daily basis, that was late fifties ,early sixties in the days when one respected the Park keepers authority and at closing time he would walk through the park with his bell so no one got locked in. At no time did it ever enter any ones head to destroy trees, shrubs or the Bowling Greens but times have changed, I too have walked through that park over recent years to see sapplings mindlessly destroyed in the wooded area, the Basketball area, totally unsupervised where anything goes, least of all basketball. This is one of this Labour Councils thoughtless money saving ideas and along with everything else, be the finish of them. I doubt any of the so-called cabinet have even been in that park. bravo whisky
  • Score: 7

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