'Large parts of Grimsby neglected,' Lib Dems claim
BURNT-out play equipment, dying plants and broken CCTV cameras are just some of the ways Liberal Democrats claim the current council is neglecting Grimsby.
Councillor Steve Beasant is among the party activists who believe North East Lincolnshire Council's Labour administration is allowing standards to slip.
Speaking as European MEP for Yorkshire and Humberside, Edward McMillan-Scott, visiting the town to talk to residents about their concerns, Councillor Beasant said: "Since Labour took control of the council, they have neglected large parts of the borough, especially Grant Thorold Library and park.
"The Library was meant to have this amazing living wall made up of plants, but the filtration system has been out-of-order for some time now and the plants are dying.
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"There has also been an arson attack on the play tower and slide in the park and parents think it is a disgrace that it hasn't been repaired.
"Youngsters have had nothing to play on during the summer.
"The CCTV system in the park has been broken for 18 months now and levels of antisocial behaviour have risen because there is no way of knowing who is responsible.
"The hedges were also allowed to get overgrown which caused more antisocial behaviour as residents didn't have a clear view of the park."
During his visit to North East Lincolnshire, Mr McMillan-Scott was also taken to Sidney Sussex ward, in Cleethorpes, where party members explained problems with overgrown hedges, out-of-control weeds and rubbish.
He said: "The local Lib Dems and I have a common cause as the next European elections are on the same day in 2014 as the local elections.
"I wanted to visit both Grimsby and Cleethorpes to meet residents and speak to them about their concerns and how we might be able to help.
"I was taken to Grant Thorold Library, in Grimsby, which had a state-of-the-art 'living wall' made up of plants that has unfortunately been allowed to die.
"It should never have been allowed to get into that state.
"I also met residents in the Sidney Sussex ward of Cleethorpes."
Despite repeated attempts to contact the Labour party, no one was available for comment at the time of going to press.