THE secretary of Berry Hill Park’s board of trustees has said he and his colleagues are prepared to take Mansfield District Council to court over money it owes for maintenance.
Ray Jackson-Smith puts a spate of vandalism attacks on the park’s toilet block this month down to its run down appearance. He claims the council has failed to honour an agreement signed by mayor Tony Egginton promising to provide maintenance work.
Mr Jackson-Smith said Mansfield District Council owed the trustees around £400,000, including repairs already made to the park and missed payments towards track maintenance.
He said: “We can lock the gates but where there is a long-term deterioration it is inevitable that the youngsters and druggies will see an opportunity because it is not being looked after.”
Mr Jackson-Smith said he was keen to sit down with the council and negotiate a settlement of the money owed and take over responsibility for the park’s maintenance.
A Mansfield District Council spokesman said: “We dispute the £400,000 claimed, however the council does have money set aside to address any necessary maintenance costs for the athletics track. The council is happy to continue to maintain the park and we have written to Mr Jackson-Smith to state the level of maintenance we will provide.”