Councillors clash over 'parks crisis'

Worthington Park

Worthington Park

First published in News

TRAFFORD'S Labour and Conservative councillors are in dispute over the state of the borough's parks.

Labour councillor and shadow spokesman for environment and operations, Cllr Steve Adshead, has has described recent changes to the way Trafford's parks are managed as a 'cut too far'.

"I’ve been besieged with complaints from all over the borough," said Cllr Adshead.

Citing Stretford's Gorse Hill Park as an example, the Stretford Ward councillor said bins are 'overflowing' with rubbish.

"Our staff are hardworking and dedicated, but there’s a limit to how much they can do faced with huge cuts to both budgets and staffing levels."

He added: "The current situation is simply not acceptable and we are demanding action from Trafford Council to sort this appalling mess out."

But the Conservatives have hit back, executive member for environment and operations, Cllr John Reilly, hit back, accusing Labour of misrepresenting the situation.

He said: "Whilst there have been some complaints about environmental issues, these are dealt with as promptly as possible and are seen as positive feedback that helps the council improve its services.

"It is not a fair representation to say the council has been 'besieged' by complaints.

"I visit many of our parks on a regular basis and the Armageddon inferred is simply not the reality of the situation on the ground."

Cllr Reilly pointed to Halecroft Park, in Hale Barns, as an example of a a thriving park and said there had also been positive feedback about Gorsehill Park.

"Both areas have praised the efforts of Trafford Council’s skilled horticultural teams in addressing these concerns and improving the look of the parks," he said.

"Trafford has also introduced a number of successful initiatives including the ‘Be Responsible’ campaign to promote environmental awareness including encouraging dog owners to clean up after their animals.

"Furthermore, the leader of the council, Cllr Sean Anstee, is actively engaging and working in partnership with 'Friends of Parks' groups to improve the borough’s parks."

A spokesman for Trafford Council added: “Trafford is committed to providing a good standard of environmental services and will strive to continually improve the borough’s parks for the enjoyment of residents."

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12:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

papa03 says...

"Cllr Reilly pointed to Halecroft Park, in Hale Barns, as an example of a a thriving park" Quelle surprise.
I am not a user of parks, but you don't need to be. The tall grass can be seen from a distance in most parks as I drive past.
"Cllr Reilly pointed to Halecroft Park, in Hale Barns, as an example of a a thriving park" Quelle surprise. I am not a user of parks, but you don't need to be. The tall grass can be seen from a distance in most parks as I drive past. papa03
  • Score: 14

1:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mms98 says...

"Furthermore, the leader of the council, Cllr Sean Anstee, is actively engaging and working in partnership with 'Friends of Parks' groups to improve the borough’s parks."

Is he going to make them a brew every 4th sunday of the month?

The cuts are affecting the parks ......and the conservatives are in denial!

Cllr reilly, will you look at moor nook park, they used to play football there, now they play hide and seek in the grass.

Instead of trying to get volunteers and 'friends of parks '(who do a brilliant job - thankyou.) to do your work, why not employ the gardeners who you made redundant to carry on bringing the parks back to the standard that they left them in, which incidently is what we pay council tax for!!!
"Furthermore, the leader of the council, Cllr Sean Anstee, is actively engaging and working in partnership with 'Friends of Parks' groups to improve the borough’s parks." Is he going to make them a brew every 4th sunday of the month? The cuts are affecting the parks ......and the conservatives are in denial! Cllr reilly, will you look at moor nook park, they used to play football there, now they play hide and seek in the grass. Instead of trying to get volunteers and 'friends of parks '(who do a brilliant job - thankyou.) to do your work, why not employ the gardeners who you made redundant to carry on bringing the parks back to the standard that they left them in, which incidently is what we pay council tax for!!! mms98
  • Score: 23

6:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

dipperdapper says...

I dont see much change in the parks I have been in, Sure grass needs cutting and hedges and trees need trimming but other than that I see no change, The problem is with waist removal and this needs to be sorted out as a matter of urgency, Halcroft park was subject to a big fly tipping event in the car park a few weeks back and the smell was horrid, As its not on my radar I do not know what is going on there but wouldnt be surprised if further fly tipping went on, I think instead of this huge bust up between Tory and Labour I would like it on this occasion that they both sat around the table and get a resolution to what will be an environmental disaster soon where fly tipping of rubbish is concerned
I dont see much change in the parks I have been in, Sure grass needs cutting and hedges and trees need trimming but other than that I see no change, The problem is with waist removal and this needs to be sorted out as a matter of urgency, Halcroft park was subject to a big fly tipping event in the car park a few weeks back and the smell was horrid, As its not on my radar I do not know what is going on there but wouldnt be surprised if further fly tipping went on, I think instead of this huge bust up between Tory and Labour I would like it on this occasion that they both sat around the table and get a resolution to what will be an environmental disaster soon where fly tipping of rubbish is concerned dipperdapper
  • Score: -12

7:08pm Wed 16 Jul 14

davyhulme_resident says...

why are our Tory councillors so obsessed with dog sh*t?
why are our Tory councillors so obsessed with dog sh*t? davyhulme_resident
  • Score: 12

11:01pm Wed 16 Jul 14

60schid says...

From what I can see the whole grounds maintainence in Trafford is below standard. tale the central reservation down the A56 at Stretford no longer planted or maintained is now full of weeds. and this is a main route through Trafford. Trafford Council have lost Civic pride if you ask me. They constantly crow about having the lowest Council Tax in Greater Manchester but at what cost - environmental services are always seen as an easy target for cuts, but how do you expect people to take a pride in the borough when its slowly turning into a weedy overgrown mess.
From what I can see the whole grounds maintainence in Trafford is below standard. tale the central reservation down the A56 at Stretford no longer planted or maintained is now full of weeds. and this is a main route through Trafford. Trafford Council have lost Civic pride if you ask me. They constantly crow about having the lowest Council Tax in Greater Manchester but at what cost - environmental services are always seen as an easy target for cuts, but how do you expect people to take a pride in the borough when its slowly turning into a weedy overgrown mess. 60schid
  • Score: 12

11:51am Thu 17 Jul 14

rockinrocky_robin says...

davyhulme_resident wrote:
why are our Tory councillors so obsessed with dog sh*t?
Probably because it is an ever-growing problem. We have to run the gauntlet on the school run most mornings following dog walkers early morning outing (not all owners I might add) especially "Dog Poo Alley" between Brentwood School and Navigation Rec, along with the Rec itself
[quote][p][bold]davyhulme_resident[/bold] wrote: why are our Tory councillors so obsessed with dog sh*t?[/p][/quote]Probably because it is an ever-growing problem. We have to run the gauntlet on the school run most mornings following dog walkers early morning outing (not all owners I might add) especially "Dog Poo Alley" between Brentwood School and Navigation Rec, along with the Rec itself rockinrocky_robin
  • Score: -10

1:35pm Thu 17 Jul 14

oleoleole says...

"Furthermore, the leader of the council, Cllr Sean Anstee, is actively engaging and working in partnership with 'Friends of Parks' groups to improve the borough’s parks."
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Yep great idea and why don't we also have 'Friends of the Bins' to collect bins and 'Friends of the Environment' to clean streets, 'Friends of the Schools' to teach, etc etc - well if you think about it that's exactly what we do, we all chip in together as neighbours and members of society towards a common good and we put it under the control of what we call a Council. The fact that the Council then refuse to control that is thus a slap in the face of society.
In this case (and others) it's obscene that they make people redundant and then ask a voluntary association to fill the void - shameful !
Ole
PS, Cncllr Anstee, maybe you could ask the 'Friends of the purse' where the £6m went so as to help out the Council Treasury who seem to be struggling to find it.
"Furthermore, the leader of the council, Cllr Sean Anstee, is actively engaging and working in partnership with 'Friends of Parks' groups to improve the borough’s parks." -------------------- -------------------- ----------- Yep great idea and why don't we also have 'Friends of the Bins' to collect bins and 'Friends of the Environment' to clean streets, 'Friends of the Schools' to teach, etc etc - well if you think about it that's exactly what we do, we all chip in together as neighbours and members of society towards a common good and we put it under the control of what we call a Council. The fact that the Council then refuse to control that is thus a slap in the face of society. In this case (and others) it's obscene that they make people redundant and then ask a voluntary association to fill the void - shameful ! Ole PS, Cncllr Anstee, maybe you could ask the 'Friends of the purse' where the £6m went so as to help out the Council Treasury who seem to be struggling to find it. oleoleole
  • Score: 13

4:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Spottydotty59 says...

Worthington Park looks well maintained and cared for. I am pleased for the people who live nearby and enjoy this park. This level of maintenance may be at risk but I'm sure there are parks in a much worse state in Trafford. If Worthington Park is representative of the expected level of maintenance then Newton park in Timperley is being neglected as the only flower bed is overgrown and in a mess. There are other areas in the park that are neglected too. Bins are often overflowing due to missed collections even after a weekend or bank holiday. Why do some parks seem to be given the 5star treatment when others are treated less fairly? Surely there should be a minimum standard of parks maintenance to keep everywhere looking acceptable. All parks should be given the "Green Flag" treatment not just the lucky few!
Worthington Park looks well maintained and cared for. I am pleased for the people who live nearby and enjoy this park. This level of maintenance may be at risk but I'm sure there are parks in a much worse state in Trafford. If Worthington Park is representative of the expected level of maintenance then Newton park in Timperley is being neglected as the only flower bed is overgrown and in a mess. There are other areas in the park that are neglected too. Bins are often overflowing due to missed collections even after a weekend or bank holiday. Why do some parks seem to be given the 5star treatment when others are treated less fairly? Surely there should be a minimum standard of parks maintenance to keep everywhere looking acceptable. All parks should be given the "Green Flag" treatment not just the lucky few! Spottydotty59
  • Score: 7

9:22am Wed 23 Jul 14

jahconnor says...

Bins are often overflowing in Davyhulme Park and I've seen fly tipping with full black bin liners often left in a heap near the Winchester Road entrance. Email with photo sent to council but this is a regular occurance and black bags are left for days
Bins are often overflowing in Davyhulme Park and I've seen fly tipping with full black bin liners often left in a heap near the Winchester Road entrance. Email with photo sent to council but this is a regular occurance and black bags are left for days jahconnor
  • Score: 2

9:24am Wed 23 Jul 14

jahconnor says...

I've seen fly tipping at Davyhulme Park on numerous occasions, full black bin liners left spilling over near the Winchester Road entrance. Email (with photo) sent to council on latest occasion I've seen fly tipping. They also leave the bins over flowing sometimes. It's great the ponds were emptied and reflled recently but we will end up with rats here, if we don't have them already.
I've seen fly tipping at Davyhulme Park on numerous occasions, full black bin liners left spilling over near the Winchester Road entrance. Email (with photo) sent to council on latest occasion I've seen fly tipping. They also leave the bins over flowing sometimes. It's great the ponds were emptied and reflled recently but we will end up with rats here, if we don't have them already. jahconnor
  • Score: 2

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