Popular park ‘now a wasteland’
firstname.lastname@example.org An area of park once enjoyed by residents has fallen into a “disgusting” state says a woman campaigning for it to be overhauled.
Sharon Rosewell claims neglect by Ashford council is to blame for the state of Queen Mothers Park, which she says has been left to overgrow with stinging nettles and weeds, and is littered with dog waste and rubbish.
Mrs Rosewell, 43, lives in Heathfield Road, Ashford, and often visits the park, which borders on the Henwood Industrial Estate and is a few minutes walk from her home.
She works as a carer, looking after children, and would often take them to play in the park.
Once a summer sanctuary for families enjoying picnics and people exercising, the motherof-two claims that the area has become unusable over the past four or five years.
She added: “This park was so popular before, but over the years it’s got worse and worse.
“Now it looks like wasteland – the nettles are at least three feet high, you can’t use the walk way round the river as they don’t trim hedges back, and the cycle path is so overgrown.
“Last year a few of us spoke to Marion Martin, the local councillor, who promised us loads, new benches, waste bins and dog bins, but nothing happened.
“Can someone please help us get our beautiful park back?”
Ashford Borough Council said the park was among areas earmarked for a special litter collection event this weekend.
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Sharon Rosewell in the park