Councillor fears a flagship Oldham park will end up off-limits

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Crompton Dave Murphy and Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods has written to the Deputy Chief Executive of Oldham Council demanding that action be taken to curb the issues happening in Alexandra Park.

Councillor Murphy said: “I have raised issues at Alexandra Park at my regular Shadow Cabinet meetings on several occasions. The park features too much in reports for my liking with incidents reported on a regular basis by the Police and our own Council staff. Alexandra Park is our flagship park and a park to be proud of and I grow increasing concerned that it will become off-limits for families scared to use its facilities.

Councillor Dave Murphy
Councillor Dave Murphy

Cllr Murphy added: “I have recently seen a report with three disturbing incidents in additions to ones that I have raised at meetings. The park appears to be where groups go to sort out their differences, run riot and I fear the Council is losing control of it. In addition, I am concerned about Council staff and the Police who must deal with the incidents.”

Cllr Murphy has asked the Deputy Chief Executive to provide assurances that we will ‘get a grip’ and take back control of Alexandra Park and provide safety to our citizens.

Cllr Murphy concluded: “If we do not do something now, then I’m afraid that Alexandra Park will not be our flagship park, but off-limits for all, apart from those causing all the problems.”

Alexandra Park

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