Yet again Knowsley Council are expressing disgust and condemnation at another mindless act of vandalism in one of Knowsley’s green spaces.
Believed to have happened on Friday (27 November) evening, it appears a 4×4 has gained access to Carr Lane Woods by removing boulders and proceeded to tear up more than 50m square feet of turf causing significant damage.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:
“I’m disgusted at this latest act of vandalism. Not only does this monopolise valuable council officer time but also compromises our residents and communities’ enjoyment of the space.
“Thankfully we have a wonderful Parks Team who have been working hard to repair the damage but it will take until spring next year for the grass to fully recover.”
Work has started on repairing the ground and Knowsley Council’s Parks Team are reviewing options to increase measures in place to block vehicle access. Opportunities are also being explored alongside the Friends of KGV Brown’s Field and Carr Lane Woods, who work hard to support the area, for funding to improve the park for Knowsley’s communities.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, also commented:
“I’m dismayed to see the results of this selfish and completely reckless incident. Sadly, the act of one person has had a significant impact on the wider communities who use and enjoy this green space. However, it’s wonderful to see the dedication of our Parks Team who have now begun repairing the area and have ambitions to make further improvements to the park in the coming months and years.”
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