AN APPEAL has been made for an authority to tend to overgrown pathways in a town. The call comes from a resident of Uttoxeter, who wishes to remain anonymous, who contacted the Times & Echo with his concerns over overgrown hedges in Pinfold Street. He said: “I usually walk to St Mary's Church from 'Birdland' down the popular route of Balance Hill across the railway crossing and up Pinfold Street.
“But Pinfold Street has become the street Uttoxeter forget and is surely the most overgrown in the town?
“I bet the Britain in Bloom judges were steered well clear of this bit of Uttoxeter just minutes from the Market Place.”
He added: “The pavements on both sides towards the railway crossing are obstructed on both sides, pedestrians have to walk in the road.
“And although this is a cul-de-sac a lot of cars come down it to turn around and park.
“So pedestrians, children and prams and pushchairs should not have to watch out for cars as they do.
“Surely a major pedestrian route into town deserves better?”
The concerns raised by the Uttoxeter resident about Pinfold Street in Uttoxeter comes after we reported in last week’s paper of similar concerns in the village of Checkley.
In response to both concerns, a spokesperson for Staffordshire County Council said: “The issue with any hedge cutting at this time, even if the land owners wished to cooperate, is the bird nesting season which effectively ends on the September 1; you can’t cut hedges during bird nesting season.”
Cabinet member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, Helen Fisher, added: “All land owners have a responsibility to ensure that their hedges do not cause an obstruction or danger to people using footpaths or drivers using the road.
“Any reports that we receive are assessed and prioritised according to their urgency.
“People can report these issues at www.staffordshire.gov.uk or on the MyStaffs app.”
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