COMMUNITY leaders are pleading for help to save an area of a town park branded an “eyesore” by residents.
The community garden on School Lane, Greenfield, is being blighted by litter and vandalism, according to the residents’ association tasked with caring for it.
Flintshire Councillor for Greenfield, Rosetta Dolphin, said residents from across the area had complained about the garden.
She said litter is strewn around and benches have been unbolted and moved under the park’s bandstand, where drinkers regularly congregate.
“People are saying the garden’s an eyesore,” she said.
Greenfield Residents’ Association chairman and town councillor Kenny Roberts said falling membership within the group has prompted an appeal for more help to tackle the mess.
“We urgently need people to come forward,” he said.
Cllr Dolphin said she had asked Flintshire Council whether it would take responsibility for the garden if it was handed back but she was told it was likely houses would be built there if the community gave up its 25 year lease on the green space.
“The residents’ association needs help,” she added.
“They can’t do it on their own.”
Cllr Roberts said: “The park was formed for the people of Greenfield but we’re the ones responsible and we’re in the process of doing something about it. There’s been a lot of hard work there.
“But we’ve lost a lot of members – people have retired – and we’ve had a difficult time trying to keep it managed.”
He said he would like to ‘rejuvenate’ the residents’ association with more members but volunteers who just want to help with the garden were what was needed most urgently.
“We’d like to ask the people of Greenfield to offer their help. It’s a community garden. What I would like is for the residents of Greenfield to volunteer to help if they think it should stay as a garden.”
Cllr Roberts said anyone wanting to help should call Greenfield Residents’ Association secretary Mary Auty on 01352 813868.