Bush business causes concern for residents

Peter and Angela Law, of Garth Avenue, Kirkby, and the hedge which they say is a hazard.
Peter and Angela Law, of Garth Avenue, Kirkby, and the hedge which they say is a hazard.

An ‘out of control’ Kirkby bush has been deemed a ‘dangerous eyesore’ by local residents.

The large shrub and weed patch near to Garth Avenue was taken over by Nottinghamshire County Council two years ago - but has only been cut once.

Grandfather Peter Law (68) who lives directly opposite the bush said: “It is absolutely disgraceful that it has not been looked after. It obstructs vision for motorists and is very dangerous. It’s out of control.

“There is a nursery just down the road and there are pupils walking from Ashfield School.

“It’s a real danger and an accident just waiting to happen.”

He said he cannot see what is coming on the road when he pulls off his driveway.

Mr Law has contacted the council 12 times in the past five months but nothing has been done. He added: “It’s just disgraceful. It’s a dangerous eyesore.”

In the past, Ashfield District Council had maintained the bush.

Jim Freeman, county council highways liaison officer for Ashfield, said: “The origins of the hedge are uncertain.

“It is believed to have been maintained previously by Ashfield District Council, acting as agents for the county council for highway maintenance.

“With recent changes in agency arrangements, the hedge has only just been added to a register of highway hedges.

“Milder weather this year and the inclusion of many new items into the hedge register have meant that we are currently running behind on maintenance by six to eight weeks, but we will be dealing with this particular hedge as soon as possible.”