'Haverstoe Park is still beautiful despite council cuts'
DOG walkers have come to the defence of Haverstoe Park, in Cleethorpes, and believe that possible cuts will not affect years of beauty at the location.
As reported, the park in Cleethorpes came under fire from some users who claimed that the upkeep of the area has deteriorated in recent times.
They believe that, as North East Lincolnshire Council considers reducing services in parks in an effort to save £46 million, the problem is only going to get worse.
But Christa Horrell, 60, believes that residents are lucky to live in an area with a park.
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The part-time teacher, of Taylor's Avenue, said: "Wherever you go, you will always find people who want to discredit free services like parks.
"Everyone I have spoken to believes the park is still beautiful and even though cuts are taking place they will not have a major affect.
"I use Haverstoe Park three or four times a day to walk my dog and to get out of the house.
"I decided to check out all the problem areas stated by concerned residents.
"The area described as being left to grow wild is actually nurtured that way, and is full of interesting sounds and views.
"Birds are there in abundance and plants grow and bring pleasure to all. Personally, I find it very therapeutic.
"Dog fowling has gone up in the area and so has littering, but that is because more and more people are using it.
"The council should care for the park but it is also the responsibility of the users to pick up after themselves.
"I often clear up after children who have littered and we should all appreciate what we have and we should think about what it would be like without it."
Dog walker Roy Atha, 74, of Lindsey Road, added: "The park is a pleasure to walk around and I really enjoy it.
"It is easy to find something to complain about it.
"I do think there are far too many trees for the park but the area is fairly well maintained.
"There is not a lot of litter but you do sometimes get a bit from kids, but that is to be expected."