Take re­spon­si­bil­ity for pave­ment care

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I AM writ­ing to you re­gard­ing a com­mu­nity con­cern, re­claim­ing the pave­ment and even the foot­paths in the vil­lage.

All pave­ments when they were built had solid bound­ary lines on the edges to pro­tect them.

Over a num­ber of years Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) and res­i­dents have al­lowed growth onto the pave­ments. Fur­ther­more park­ing although not illegal on pave­ments cause prob­lems to peo­ple who are old, blind, dis­abled or with chil­dren. This park­ing also dam­ages the pave­ment with soil and dirt get­ting into the cracks and then weeds start grow­ing on them.

BCC has in re­cent years started pass­ing ser­vice du­ties to parishes. We re­cently car­ried out work of clear­ing pave­ments in Chal­font Road which were com­pletely cov­ered in mud and over­growth at a cost to us.

The LGA has got to find ap­prox­i­mately £3.5 bil­lion of sav­ings in the next five years. In the last five years coun­cils have made sav­ings and kept ser­vices go­ing. Now ser­vices may be ef­fected.

I am try­ing to urge res­i­dents and vol­un­teers to help clean up the pave­ments. One only has to clear out­side their main res­i­dence and may be a bit more. Quite a num­ber of res­i­dents al­ready have green bins where they can dis­pose the waste. Also be­ing sum­mer it will be eas­ier. If res­i­dents do this it will save costs for the parish which it can use for other pur­poses.

The mes­sage I am try­ing to re­lay is for res­i­dents to take some so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. CLLR SID­DHARTH PA­TEL Seer Green, Bea­cons­field

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