Former council leader's dismay on overhanging bushes

Former council leader's dismay on overhanging bushes

Former council leader's dismay on overhanging bushes

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

THESE overhanging bushes and weeds are causing problems down a busy Worcester road - with a former council leader lambasting its appearance as "a mess".

Councillor Adrian Gregson says the bushes in Tunnel Hill have been so overgrown in recent weeks it's become "impossible" to walk down one stretch without taking to the road or having to wrestle the growth back with your hands.

He says the worst section has been a spot opposite the turn for Alders Close, claiming parents with buggies have had to take their prams around parked cars to get past.

Cllr Gregson, Labour group leader, said he contacted your Worcester News after becoming frustrated in his attempts to get it hacked down.

He first raised it with council officers at the start of June, and after our intervention staff were sent out again yesterday to cull a section of it back.

Cllr Gregson said: "The city council is responsible for hedgerows and making sure Worcester looks its best.

"There's been overhanging weeds and nettles for quite a while, and for people with a pram it's difficult to go into the road because there's so many parked cars down there.

"I first raised it at the start of June and the council said they'd look into it, they did come out and cut a little bit back but the overall maintenance has been quite poor.

"It looks a mess, and does make it dangerous if people try and get past by going into the road."

The council said following the criticism it was sending workers out to Tunnel Hill yesterday to cut some of the worst sections back.

A spokesman for the city council said: "We had staff on site on yesterday doing the necessary work to ensure this path is clear."

It follows complaints from councillors that Worcester Cemetery's grass had become overgrown in recent months.

The council's cleaner and greener department has launched an action plan for better maintenance at the Astwood Road site, saying wet weather encouraged some of the growth.

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11:19am Tue 12 Aug 14

The Boy says...

Litter is also an issue round there and has been for ages. Adrian would know - he lives on Tunnel Hill.
Litter is also an issue round there and has been for ages. Adrian would know - he lives on Tunnel Hill. The Boy
  • Score: 9

12:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

MJI says...

Why doesn't he take some shears with him and cut some of it down?

In the time spent complaining, I am sure they could clear a reasonable section
Why doesn't he take some shears with him and cut some of it down? In the time spent complaining, I am sure they could clear a reasonable section MJI
  • Score: 13

12:08pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

MJI wrote:
Why doesn't he take some shears with him and cut some of it down?

In the time spent complaining, I am sure they could clear a reasonable section
He's not interested in getting the job done, only in making political capital out of the problem.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't he take some shears with him and cut some of it down? In the time spent complaining, I am sure they could clear a reasonable section[/p][/quote]He's not interested in getting the job done, only in making political capital out of the problem. Hwicce
  • Score: 18

12:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

His hair is fairly overgrown as well.
His hair is fairly overgrown as well. sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 16

1:46pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Lolly22 says...

i dont know why the council hasnt asked Worcester Probation for a few lads to clear the area, we did it a few yrs ago while i was on community service!
i dont know why the council hasnt asked Worcester Probation for a few lads to clear the area, we did it a few yrs ago while i was on community service! Lolly22
  • Score: 21

2:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Spetchleypat says...

I sent an email last month to the Highways Department about the footpath on Swinesherd Way, north side just before the County Hall roundabout. It's overgrown with brambles, rose trees and nettles and is getting lethal to hair and eyes. Nearly as bad as trying to walk across the dual carriageway before 9.00am! They replied that the verges would be cut in September. Great!!
I sent an email last month to the Highways Department about the footpath on Swinesherd Way, north side just before the County Hall roundabout. It's overgrown with brambles, rose trees and nettles and is getting lethal to hair and eyes. Nearly as bad as trying to walk across the dual carriageway before 9.00am! They replied that the verges would be cut in September. Great!! Spetchleypat
  • Score: -1

2:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14

mrwrighty says...

So, when he was in charge he didn't do anything about it either. Political games me thinks. I could name dozens of roads where the verges need a good trim.
So, when he was in charge he didn't do anything about it either. Political games me thinks. I could name dozens of roads where the verges need a good trim. mrwrighty
  • Score: 13

4:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The Villan says...

mrwrighty wrote:
So, when he was in charge he didn't do anything about it either. Political games me thinks. I could name dozens of roads where the verges need a good trim.
He's playing the political card.

There are numerous verges all over the county that need trimming but were never done whilst he was in power.

If it bothers him so much, as others have said, why doesn't he do the decent thing as a serving councillor and neighbour and cut the overhang himself?
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: So, when he was in charge he didn't do anything about it either. Political games me thinks. I could name dozens of roads where the verges need a good trim.[/p][/quote]He's playing the political card. There are numerous verges all over the county that need trimming but were never done whilst he was in power. If it bothers him so much, as others have said, why doesn't he do the decent thing as a serving councillor and neighbour and cut the overhang himself? The Villan
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The Villan says...

And a good haircut wouldn't go amiss!
And a good haircut wouldn't go amiss! The Villan
  • Score: 8

6:10pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Adrian is right to comment but I recall when a similar situation occurred in Lansdowne Crescent during labours reign Bob Peachy was seen with gloves on and secaters cutting the offending shrubbery down. Well done Robert, that is what a community councillor does..
And yes Adrian that Hair doesn't go with the Pin Stripe Suit. oooh.
Adrian is right to comment but I recall when a similar situation occurred in Lansdowne Crescent during labours reign Bob Peachy was seen with gloves on and secaters cutting the offending shrubbery down. Well done Robert, that is what a community councillor does.. And yes Adrian that Hair doesn't go with the Pin Stripe Suit. oooh. Jabbadad
  • Score: -3

7:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

In the time he has taken to organise a photographer, get hold of the local newspaper and provide comments to the press through his PR team, he'd have certainly had the time to get his hands dirty as a taxpayer funded jobs worth, and sort it out himself!

Heaven knows, perhaps I'll contact Worcester News and let them know my bush also needs pruning!
In the time he has taken to organise a photographer, get hold of the local newspaper and provide comments to the press through his PR team, he'd have certainly had the time to get his hands dirty as a taxpayer funded jobs worth, and sort it out himself! Heaven knows, perhaps I'll contact Worcester News and let them know my bush also needs pruning! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 14

8:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

grumpy woman says...

Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. grumpy woman
  • Score: 8

10:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ACBLive says...

It's tough when you're deposed from a council leadership, the perks and expenses are a lot less when you're back in opposition but I'm confused!!! Why didn't he get all this sorted out when he was leader???! The overhang was much worse last year!!!
It's tough when you're deposed from a council leadership, the perks and expenses are a lot less when you're back in opposition but I'm confused!!! Why didn't he get all this sorted out when he was leader???! The overhang was much worse last year!!! ACBLive
  • Score: 10

12:25am Wed 13 Aug 14

3thinker says...

It just goes to prove how badly we're served by some of our local elected representatives. The Conservatives blame Labour for lower than expected affordable home building that would have/should have been started when they controlled the City. Robin 'the Boy Wonder' Walker flies in from Powick to offer support. Amos stands for Labour then does a deal with Conservatives to go Independent and oust his former colleagues in exchange for being part time Mayor. Labour Leader responds to accusations about not weeding cemeteries with complaints about overhanging bushes that should have been cut back whilst he was in control. Meanwhile in the face of public concerns over congestion the County get rid of park and ride and reduce bus services and the new City administration encourage more to drive into the City centre by offering cuts in parking fees. Time me thinks for a proper cut in bureaucracy. Get rid of the City and County Council and set up a Unitary Council for Worcestershire. I'm sure with fewer councillors they'd have to focus on sorting out the real problems rather than play petty party political and personal games. Is there any wonder the electorate are getting so disillusioned with local politics when all too many of those who should know better act like its some sort of 'game'. Grow up, get real and start representing the real interests of your constituents.
It just goes to prove how badly we're served by some of our local elected representatives. The Conservatives blame Labour for lower than expected affordable home building that would have/should have been started when they controlled the City. Robin 'the Boy Wonder' Walker flies in from Powick to offer support. Amos stands for Labour then does a deal with Conservatives to go Independent and oust his former colleagues in exchange for being part time Mayor. Labour Leader responds to accusations about not weeding cemeteries with complaints about overhanging bushes that should have been cut back whilst he was in control. Meanwhile in the face of public concerns over congestion the County get rid of park and ride and reduce bus services and the new City administration encourage more to drive into the City centre by offering cuts in parking fees. Time me thinks for a proper cut in bureaucracy. Get rid of the City and County Council and set up a Unitary Council for Worcestershire. I'm sure with fewer councillors they'd have to focus on sorting out the real problems rather than play petty party political and personal games. Is there any wonder the electorate are getting so disillusioned with local politics when all too many of those who should know better act like its some sort of 'game'. Grow up, get real and start representing the real interests of your constituents. 3thinker
  • Score: 10

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