Councillor defends decision to remove Central Park’s ‘toilet bush’

The work being carried out in Central Park, the bush originally lined the wall at the back. DJ
The work being carried out in Central Park, the bush originally lined the wall at the back. DJ

A borough councillor has defended the decision to remove bushes in the town’s Central Park to stop people using them as a toilet.

The work started last Thursday at the Thorold Street side and forms part of Boston Borough Council’s plans to stop people urinating and defecating in the public space.

The move has sparked some criticism from people who hav argued the move is spoiling the park for other users and lets the culprits win.

However, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces Coun Yvonne Gunter said removing the bushes would make the park more visible from the outside and so should ease the problem.

She said: “Hopefully, it’ll stop them from doing it. I mean nobody knows, but we have got to try to make this stop because it’s not good for families, especially for children.” She added: “If people realise that they might be seen, they may not be so inclined to use it as a loo.”

It is hoped to replace the bushes with wildflowers at a lower level and that any lingering smell caused by the acts will be eradicated.

The council will be consulting with the public at the Community Showcase on September 8 on further ideas for the park.

Coun Gunter said she recently saw for herself what has been happening.

She said: “I was in and around the park for one-and-a-half hours the other day and this man came and urinated in a tub of flowers. I couldn’t believe it. I was in my car and he stood right next to me.”

She said she shouted at him and he ran off.

Coun Gunter also saw a man carrying a single mattress into the park. She confronted him and he left.

The Standard was in attendance as the bushes were being removed last week and also saw a syringe discovered by workers.