Rhyl Botanical Gardens campaign gathers momentum

Published date: 03 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A CAMPAIGN to re-instate a warden at a Rhyl park is gathering momentum.

Volunteers who have helped transform the Botanical Gardens into a popular attraction and community space say Denbighshire Council’s decision to remove a full-time and part-time warden could undo ten years of work.

More than 1,500 people have signed letters of support and now members of the Supporters of the Botanical Gardens will be presenting them to Denbighshire Council at County Hall, Ruthin on Tuesday, July 8.

Noreen Stevenson, chairperson of The Supporters of the Botanical Gardens, said users of the park have seen a major increase in vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

She added: “To remove the warden from the park during its busiest period, early evenings and school holidays, places the park’s environment and the users of the park at risk.”

In 2003, when the association became involved in running the park, it was derelict.
A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “We understand concerns raised but in order to make best use of limited resources, we are looking at alternative more cost-effective ways of delivering the maintenance service.

“We have appointed a yard man in our operational depot next door and part of his duties will to visit the gardens three times per day to collect and monitor the litter.

“In addition, a supervisor will monitor the site at regular intervals during the day and similar arrangements will be in place for weekends. We have discussed the issue of anti-social behaviour with our colleagues in CCTV and they will increase the camera patrols each day and at weekends.”

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