Urmston ouncillors call for action on Higher Road Park

Messenger Newspapers: (l to r) Cath Hynes, Kevin Procter and Jo Harding at the park (l to r) Cath Hynes, Kevin Procter and Jo Harding at the park

URMSTON ward councillors Kevin Procter, Jo Harding and Cath Hynes are demanding action from Trafford Council over a park that they claim has been neglected.

They say the park on Higher Road.has been left to go to ruin and is now nothing more than a field for dog fouling, while the play area has also been left to deteriorate over the years.

Urmston’s Labour councillors have been working with street patrollers to identify the offenders, but they are now asking the council to take action to overhaul the park and make it a more attractive place for residents to visit.

Cllr Procter said: “This park has sadly been left to decay, and the council has not invested any money in providing alternative facilities for children in the immediate vicinity.

"The park has become nothing more than an area for irresponsible dog owners to allow dogs to foul, which is creating a health hazard. We have also had complaints that incidences of antisocial behaviour are high in and around the park.

"If the council invested in this park and updated the playground it would really breathe new life into this decaying eyesore, and make the area safer and more pleasant for neighbouring families.”

The council confirmed it is aware of the situation regarding play facilities at Higher Road Park in Urmston.

It said unfortunately some elements of the play equipment had to be removed and cannot be repaired. There have been discussions with officers, residents and ward councillors, with the support of Groundwork, to look at establishing and developing a 'friends of' group for the park.The site is regularly inspected and maintained, the council added.

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