Not content with chopping down over half of the trees in this park that lies just on our doorstep (Hollywood Park, Edgeley, Stockport) over the last couple of years, I now present you with some definitive photographic evidence of just how much further Stockport Council's agenda for needlessly wasting council tax payers' money continues to plumb unimaginable depths.
Sure, the council likes to pride itself on "presentation" and "community brownie points" at every available opportunity. But to me, so much of this claptrap merely amounts to nothing more than pathetic cosmetic exercises that serve no real purpose or point whatsoever. Every so often, the buffoons who run the parks and leisure division within this increasingly clueless organisation (I can start a further thread picking to pieces their laughably useless and inept garden waste recycling "service" - based on a traumatic and infuriating experience I have just had to endure just a week ago - but I might save that for a later rainier day) come up with some bright idea that to them seems pretty damned clever but to the rest of us [who have to pay through the nose each month to fund their stupid impractical fantasies and whims] seems ever so slightly Crackpot (yes, that is Crackpot with a capital C).
And that is to erect this garishly incongruous "public information panel" in this elevated park overlooking the Mersey Valley - on a small plot of land where once a very large and proud elm tree stood (before it was needlessly pulled down about 12 months ago).
Just look at it! Have you ever seen anything like it? I mean, do they not realise what sort of an area Hollywood Park actually is - much less the sort of people who [ab]use this area? I mean, only 18 months ago, the nearby flight of steps were painstakingly restored and rebuilt only to be sprayed with graffiti two days after completion...and some of the new lighting columns put out of action. Several new steel benches that were also placed along the path around the same time were variously sprayed in a similar way.
And now, they decide that what Hollywood Park really needs to improve its barren emptiness is a daft-looking information panel stuck in a rather silly exposed position that is literally begging to attract the attention of the knobhead contingent and the all-too-inevitable orgy of vandalism that will soon be wreaked upon it.
Okay - so this is actually technically a partnership between the council and the recently set up "Hollywood Park Environmental Action Partnership" or whatever it is called, who are merely endeavouring to put the "heart" back into the area and improve the community. But to me this sort of tactic is just futile and doomed to failure, because, judging from past experiences elsewhere (Vernon Park, Marple, Woodbank Park, etc etc), there remain a minority of people who would derive great pleasure from undoing whatever good work is put into these community landscaping projects.
Seriously, I will give this thing a few more days and I'm sure that the first defacing scrawls and cigarette burn marks will make their appearance..... Bearing in mind the hordes of scrotes that usually descend on this park in the evenings on an almost ritualistic basis (I swear you could almost set your clock by when they always appear you know!), I suppose this act of folly is basically "cruising for a bruising" as they say....