Weeds re­strict driver’s view

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle about weeds (Com­plaints over growth of un­sightly prob­lem, KE Au­gust 14). I have been in touch with the coun­cil sev­eral times in re­spect of this.

It is not only Reed Cres­cent, there are also spots in Blue­bell Road which are a dan­ger to pedes­tri­ans as they re­strict driv­ers having a clear view when com­ing out of side roads.

The coun­cil should seek the ad­vice of an in­de­pen­dent land­scaper as to whether it is vi­able to re­move the weeds (which I be­lieve is doubt­ful as they prob­a­bly are deep rooted) or, as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, to re­move the shrubs com­pletely and turf the of­fend­ing ar­eas.

Some bor­ders are ok and should not be re­moved but cer­tainly all bor­ders on cor­ners (which af­fect vi­sion) should be re­moved and turfed.

The cur­rent con­trac­tor must be clap­ping his hands, as he will un­doubt­edly be cut­ting back the weeds more of­ten in the future if noth­ing is done. The coun­cil is wast­ing money and should be look­ing for a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem. Per­haps they should get down from their ivory tower and look at the prob­lem. Linda White Park Farm

In re­sponse to your ar­ti­cle on ’weed shame’ around Ash­ford, I would like to high­light the on­go­ing prob­lem in Che­viot Way.

I am chair­man of the lo­cal res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, and mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion have for many years cleared away the shrub­bery, this­tles and bram­bles from the ad­ja­cent public foot­paths link­ing Che­viot Way to Si­mone Weil Av­enue and Che­viot Way to Quan­tock Drive.

The foot­paths are in con­stant use by the el­derly, school­child­ren, dog walk­ers and gen­er­ally ev­ery­one else en route.

It has be­come a haz­ard with so much over­grown shrub­bery cov­er­ing the foot­paths that the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion has to con­stantly mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, cut­ting and clear­ing on a monthly ba­sis at times as the like­li­hood of be­ing ‘stung’ by this­tles or ‘trip­ping’ up among the bram­bles is a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion if not kept un­der con­trol in a ‘dimly’ lit area. It could even be linked to a new Com­mon­wealth sport!

De­spite nu­mer­ous re­quests over the years to Kent County Coun­cil High­ways, which mon­i­tor road­side shrubs and growth, they are not obliged, ac­cord­ing to their in­struc­tions, to deal with the ad­ja­cent public foot­paths, it ap­pears.

An­other way of sav­ing main­te­nance costs for the coun­cil? Christo­pher Cox Che­viot Way, Ash­ford

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