A garden in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside has been earmarked for demolition – due to it being a health and safety risk by the local council.
The community garden at Rockliffe Avenue has been a focal point for locals over the past six years, with residents expressing frustration that their voice isn’t being heard. During that period a whole host of plants and wildlife have found a home in this oasis of tranquillity.
The council have responded by branding the garden a health and safety risk, with accessibility issues being at the core of their argument.
Local resident Mike Kelly, who founded the garden said;
“I don’t know why North Tyneside Council don’t want to work with us. We are missing something … a bit of information. They are not being transparent.”
A spokesman for the council said;
“We appreciate the efforts of the residents, and there is some suggestion a compromise can be achieved to save the garden in one form or another.”
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