‘Mindless’ vandalism on the Stray in Harrogate could cost tax payers £1,500

Six trees, situated on The Stray, were snapped off at the base by vandals.
Six trees, situated on The Stray, were snapped off at the base by vandals.
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A wave of “mindless” vandalism around Harrogate has resulted in council leader Richard Cooper calling for increased vigilance from residents.

Six trees were snapped off at the base on The Stray, near Skipton Road, at about 10.30pm on the night of Wednesday, October 24.

Initial assessment suggests that the cost for replacing the trees – which includes planting, watering, and aftercare – would total £1,500.

An angry Coun Cooper said the latest act of vandalism put undue pressure on the council’s finances.
“They’re deliberate acts which cause taxpayer money to be spent on things they don’t need to be spent on,” Coun Cooper said.
“It’s mindless vandalism by basically yobs.”

Coun Cooper said the matter had been raised with police, with the council leader urging anyone who may know anything to speak up to the police or council.

It’s the latest in a series of mindless, and costly, vandalism in public areas around Harrogate.

Last month a number of trees were again snapped and killed off in The Stray, while earlier this month a park bench was completely destroyed on Montpellier Hill.

It was the cumulative impact of the repeated incidents that was most frustrating, Coun Cooper said.“The issue is that we want to fix things, once we do, these people seem to come back and do it all again,” he said.

Lachlan Leeming , Local Democracy Reporting Service