AN EXPLANATION has been offered as to why all the park benches are removed from Grosvenor Park over the winter months.
Cheshire West and Chester Council responded after occasional park user Stephen Regan contacted The Chronicle upset that he could not find anywhere to sit and eat his lunch on a recent visit.
Mr Regan, who works in Aldford, said: “Chester has been littered with ridiculous rhinoceros models, thanks to daft ideas pursued by publicly-funded spendthrifts, but can you find something as basic as a park bench? No!”
“Take away one or two park benches at a time for repairs etc, by all means, but don’t empty a big city centre park of all benches for several months – that is taking liberties.”
A Council spokeswoman said the vast majority of benches were not council-owned but memorial benches provided to the council on condition they were taken away at the end of November and returned early March to protect them from the adverse weather, allow for repairs and prevent vandalism.
There were two areas of permanent seating, including at the look-out.