It was brought to our attention, by our fantastic PCSO, about the problem of overgrown trees in Spring Boroughs Pocket Park. Previously it was maintained by the residents but for a variety of reasons this was no longer possible and the Pocket Park was handed back to the Borough Council. This happened some time ago.
Overgrown trees are problem in our town and Spring Boroughs Pocket Park clearly shows this. After much persuasion over a period of six weeks we have got one tree cut back and now there are three more trees to scale back in the near future. Overgrown trees are a bit of a hazard as people can trip over long branches, slip on wet leafs and they block day light. Our Labour colleague Cllr Julie Davenport has been regularly highlighting the problem of overgrown trees at Council meetings.
We need to have better CCTV in the Spring Boroughs Pocket Park to act as a deterrent against anti-social behaviour but this is not possible for the time being because the overgrown trees are blocking the view of the camera. We don’t want it to be a magnet for fly tipping and low level anti-social behaviour at night time.
Spring Borough Pocket Park is a fantastic asset for the local community and when it first opened it was well maintained. Couples and families always went there. People still use it and take pride it’s on their doorstep but unfortunately litter and overgrown trees make it a less welcoming place. Pocket parks, like the one we have in Spring Boroughs, are hidden gems in our town. They just need to be maintained properly by us all.
Cllr Anamul Haque (Enam) & Cllr Muna Cali Labour, Castle Ward