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Paving front gardens ‘creating an eyesore’
CONCERNS have been raised that an “attractive” part of Worcester could become more “industrial looking” if people continue to pave over their front gardens for parking.
Worcestershire councillor Andy Roberts , who represents Warndon Villages, highlighted parking issues in the area.
Coun Roberts said residents regularly complain about cars parked on pavements but there is nothing the police can do unless the vehicles are causing an obstruction.
But he said if the trend for converting gardens into paving continues, it could turn the “very attractive” environment into something “more industrial looking”.
Coun Roberts said: “I recognise there are tensions in modern living and I understand why some people choose to have a parking space rather than a front garden.
However, I think that gardens should be retained whenever possible and if this cannot be done the impact should be softened.”
He also raised issues that hard surfaces could worsen problems of flooding, with an increased amount of water running off the paving, harm the environment by contributing to global warming and harm wildlife by removing an ecosystem for insects.
Coun Roberts said: “Because it is made up of local people from throughout the area the parish council holds a unique position.
“It is for the council to decide its actions but perhaps, when changes are felt necessary, neighbours could be encouraged to work together to see any adverse impact minimised.
“Then, if front gardens must be removed, the resident could be asked to save some planted area, whether it is a border, bed or planter.”
Coun Dave Long said they would highlight the issue in the next parish newsletter.