At the recent meeting of River CC Cllr Colin MacAulay put out an appeal for residents to cut any overgrown hedges. He stated:
“It is that time of year where whoever’s got a hedge and wherever is overhanging, it is a good time to get the shears out and stop it being an inconvenience to other people. It doesn’t matter where, if it’s overhanging a pavement, you’ve got people in a wheelchair; you’ve got double buggies and whatever else. People should just get on and cut their hedges, it would be good.”
Fred Holmes then said: “Can I just say I’ve been on to the Council about that. I’ve put in e-mails – I’ve put in two letters, sorry and I’ve put in e-mails now and photographs of some really bad ones and I’ve a letter dated 20th of May saying “we’re looking into this thank you for bringing it to our attention.” And looking there I’ve seen one or two specific areas I’ve mentioned, they’ve cut about two inches off the thing and that’s it.”
The River Community Councillor went further and identified a part of town where he thinks the problem is very bad, he continued: “And can I say now, and I’ll state quite clearly, that West End is a disgrace with overhanging branches, vegetation over the footpaths. The whole area is a disgrace.”
“Which bit?” Asked Colin.
“The whole of the West End, Thurlow Road, Manse Road and Seabank Road, “was the response for Cllr Holmes.