A muddy rumpus over park damage

The track marks left by contractors working in Claremont Park.
The track marks left by contractors working in Claremont Park.
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A PARK goer has hit out at the state in which contractors have left a Blackpool beauty spot.

Michael Vaughan visits Claremont Park in North Shore every day to walk his two Yorkshire Terriers, and says his elderly dog is struggling to walk over the deep trenches left by workers renovating the park’s bowling hut.

He said he wanted the roofers, contracted by Blackpool Council, to be held to account over the damage they had caused to the popular green space.

The roofing firm has been hired to carry out work to one of the bowling club’s outbuildings, which belongs to the council.

The work is designed to improve the park’s changing rooms.

Mr Vaughan, of nearby Sutherland View, said the firm had been working on a daily basis for around two weeks, and from day one had been driving large vehicles, including transit vans and pick up trucks, onto the grass around the edge of the park.

And because of recent heavy rainfall, the sodden earth has given way under the pressure.

Mr Vaughan, 29, told The Gazette: “The grass was waterlogged and needless to say the contractors cut a swathe through the park and damaged the grass.

“They kept driving up and down, along numerous routes, with no boards down to protect the grass, which had they put them down would have certainly took less time than dislodging the transit van which got stuck in the mud.

“My elderly dog keeps getting stuck in it. I’ve spoke to other dog walkers about it and it needs clearing up.

“This just highlights an utter disregard for community property and presents a hazard to the elderly, disabled and sight impaired people who regularly use the park.”

Mr Vaughan said he regularly saw people walking guide dogs in the park and elderly visitors who had no choice but to tackle the trenches to access the main field.

He added that he was worried nothing would be done once the work to the bowling hut was finished, so was thinking of starting a petition calling on the council to ensure the damage was repaired.

But Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for grounds maintenance, said the contractor had already been spoken to and would rectify the issue.

Coun Cain added: “We are making some really positive changes in Claremont Park to get the changing rooms there up to a standard where they can be regularly used by the community again.

“This work involved a contractor repairing the roof and delivering equipment on large machinery.

“Unfortunately this machinery caused some problems to the grass on the park and we have spoken to the contractor and received assurances it will be rectified in the next few days.”

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