August 5, 2013 3 Comments
The council’s page on Parks, Gardens and Nature Reserves seems to have missed a couple of significant parks and gardens in Milton ward. It names Prittlewell Square and Southend Cliff Gardens only. I am not sure what this says about the council’s attitude to its open spaces other than it seems to ignore the most important green space in Milton. Milton Gardens is important because it has the only children’s play area in the ward. Whilst I cherish all the green spaces in the ward that have the privilege to represent, the list presented does give an insight into what are seen as the council’s priorities; naming only those in the better off parts of the ward does make you think.
Also missed off is Warrior Square Gardens, a good example of Victorian town centre gardens before the vandals that run the council got hold of it. Somehow they managed to spend £1.8 million on it and left it worse than before. All that was really required was some railings and better lighting; instead the council could neither resist its fondness for concrete nor its addiction to ugly architecture (a kiosk that cost a preposterous amount to build). I don’t know why they did not go the whole hog and include an incinerator and then they could have made a public spectacle of burning our money.
Anyway, Milton Gardens are a cherished and well-used facility, especially by families in the area who would otherwise have to travel a little way to find another place for their young children to play in.