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Fury over ‘vandalism’ at Hull Road Park
8:31am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
A FURIOUS York woman has accused the council of ruining her local park and wasting tax-payers’ money by needlessly pulling out a hedgerow.
City of York Council workers arrived at the play area in Hull Road Park early yesterday morning and began removing the section of hedgerow which surrounds the play equipment.
However, Irena Zientek, 46, whose home overlooks the park is asking why the council is spending money on removing greenery at a time when it is considering leaving parks unlocked overnight to save money.
She said: “I think it’s quite bizarre that they can’t leave something, but they have to spend money on ripping it out.
“A few years ago they cut it back by half so people could see into the play area, but now they are pulling the whole thing out. There could still be wildlife in there and it adds to the ambience of the park. If anybody else had done this they would have been accused of vandalism.”
Mrs Zientek called on the council to stop pulling up the hedge and said local people should be asked for their views.
Russell Stone, of City of York Council, said: “The privet hedge has grown to an irregular thickness and height – between three and four feet high – and is interspersed with mature, mixed trees which will remain.
"The hedge abuts the perimeter fence of Hull Road Park and so no longer serves as a boundary. Instead, it obscures the views across the park for local residents, those who want to keep an eye on their children playing in the park, and for passers by.”
He said work had been temporarily halted to listen to the views of local residents and councillors, while also explaining the need to “rationalise maintenance responsibilities in the prevailing, challenging economic climate”.
He also said the council had checked for nesting birds before the work began.