'Gaping hole' left in fence at Grant Thorold Park 'could have caused an accident', says councillor
CONTRACTORS removing fencing for the council took out the wrong section, leaving a "gaping hole" and danger for children, according to a ward councillor.
Perimeter fencing which surrounded the old Grant Thorold Library, on the corner of Roberts Street and Durban Road, was taken out by contractors working on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.
The fence was due to be reinstated yesterday, at the contractor's expense.
However, Councillor Steve Beasant (Lib Dem, East Marsh), who was concerned that children playing in the park could run out into the road, is angry that another section of fencing which runs across the park has been deemed "surplus to requirements" and will instead be used to gate off alleyways in the Sidney Sussex ward.
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He said: "As a ward councillor for the East Marsh, I am flabbergasted that assets can be removed without consulting all of the relevant ward councillors. My concern now is that this could open up the flood gates and other assets could be removed across our local areas."
Councillor Beasant said that local residents had planned to use the fence to create an enclosed space in that corner of the park and turn it into a sensory garden. He said: "It appears that this project will now be put on hold unless we get some more funding."
Commenting on the erroneous removal of the boundary fencing, Councillor Beasant added: "It left the park completely open on one corner. It could have caused an accident – it would take just one child to run out onto the road."
Council leader Chris Shaw (Lab, Sidney Sussex) said that it was not common practice to consult ward councillors on routine "day to day operations" such as the removal of surplus fencing.
But he added that the plan had been mentioned to Councillor Terry Walker (Lab, East Marsh), who had raised no objections.
Councillor Walker said: "The perimeter fence was removed by mistake and it is going to be replaced. The other fence is surplus."
Asked about the plans to create a community garden, he said: "I can't comment on that because that has never been discussed with me."