Harnessing the Power of Locals
That grass and weeds grow in summer is hardly news but when grass grows in the wrong place it can be a real nuisance and an awful eyesore. The Parish Council has received many complaints from residents about the amount of unwanted greenery growing in the gutters and through the pavements throughout the parish.
The responsibility for controlling this growth lies with Cheshire West and Chester Council and they should have a regular programme to spray the affected areas. This should be followed by gutter cleaning otherwise the detritus simply forms a seed bed for the next batch of weeds. The Parish Council considered a suggestion that if CW&C were unable to do this job in a reasonable timescale, the Parish Council should pay to have it done themselves.
After some lively discussion this suggestion was rejected. The cost of this work is already borne by residents through their local taxes and it was felt that the Parish Council should not be spending their own budget on this function. It was agreed that the Clerk write in strong terms to seek an explanation and demand action.
It was also suggested that residents add to the pressure by reporting some of the most offending areas via the inter-active CW&C website. The more people that complain the better chance there may be to move the needs of Tarvin up the schedule of works.
So, if you want to start this campaign here is what you are advised to do:
Go to www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
On the menu – click on Highway Faults which will connect you to the Interactive map
On the left hand side of the screen is a section called Highway Faults with a simple set of instructions.
As there is no specific category for Grass in gutters, choose 'OTHER' in both the first two sections
Locate the area you are complaining about on the map and DRAG and DROP the small flag to the correct location
Describe the location and the fault in the boxes provided.
Add your contact details
The Parish Council hopes that the combination of people power and Parish power will achieve a solution.