10:24am Thursday 7th March 2013
By Reader's letter
EMPLOYEES of City of York Council started ripping up the hedgerow along the perimeter of Hull Road Park on Tuesday. Before the work could be stopped, they had already torn up 43 metres of hedgerow.
After contacting councillors and staff at the council, I was informed the reason for removing the hedgerow was to give a better view into the park from the roadway, ready for when the park is to be left open all night.
Last Sunday, I took more than 500 photographs of Hull Road Park, so there would be images for future reference when the park falls into disrepair or is vandalised. I never thought for a moment that within two days the council would be the vandals.
I would therefore appreciate answers to the following questions:
• Why was the local community not consulted or informed that the council intended leaving the parks open at night?
• Why have they chosen to do this work in March, at the start of the bird-nesting season?
• Why rip up hedgerows in a public park, given that the hedgerow was only waist-height and its removal would make no difference to visibility?
• With no lighting in the park, how do they expect anyone to see into the park at night?
• Why waste money destroying hedgerows?
Irena Zientek, Alcuin Avenue, York.
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