Town Hall bosses today slammed “moronic” yobs who destroyed trees in a town centre square just days after they were planted.
Fylde Council workmen planted a £400 palm and a £300 maple in St Annes Square late last week to improve the appearance of the area in readiness for the summer season.
But within two days they had both been snapped in two by vandals.
Today, Adam Nagy, Fylde Council operations supervisor at the Town Hall, called the actions of the individuals responsible “moronic”.
He said: “This is very frustrating for residents and traders.
“These trees were bigger than the average sapling – the maple was about 15ft tall – and they represent the latest step in upgrading the area in readiness for the summer’s visitors.
“This sort of behaviour really is moronic.
“We’ve reported both incidents to the police.
“Fortunately, we believe that the hooligans may have been caught on CCTV and the police have said they will study the films with interest.
“We urge anyone who may have seen anything to let the police know.
“This is a waste of £700 of scarce council tax money as well as detracting from efforts to improve the town. This really does have to stop.”
The trees were the latest phase of a revamp of the square to get it looking its best for what is expected to be a bust summer season.
The domes in the square have also been improved in recent weeks.
Both trees were in the vicinity of Barclays Bank. Call police on 101 with any details.
Revamp part of spotlight on tourism
The two trees planted in St Annes Square last week were part of a council-funded revamp of the area in preparation for an expected boost in tourism in the summer.
In recent weeks, the authority has also funded a refurbishment of the distinctive domes in the square.
They have been improved under a £3,800 renovation scheme by Fylde Council.
The two domes on the Square’s south side were fitted with new floors and broken tiles in those on the north have been replaced.
It’s the first time the floors have been renovated since the domes were built midway through the last decade and a Fylde Council spokesman said: “We want to make sure they look their best.”