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Today is litter pick day in Foxwood.
We hope that residents will check and trim their boundary hedges at the same time. Several public footpaths are now obstructed by recent growth.
Meanwhile the Council has, somewhat belatedly, got round to mowing local public open spaces. This has left a bit of a mess in some parks because of the large amount of grass clippings
Residents have collected 10 large bags of rubbish during todays Foxwood litter pick. Part of the Great British Spring Clean
With a period of warmer weather starting, residents are being urged to cut back any hedges or trees which may be overgrowing neighbouring properties or public footpaths.
The work needs to be done before the bird nesting season starts in the spring.
Recent wet weather has resulted in accelerated weeds and hedge growth. In turn, more paths are now obstructed by over and undergrowth.
On a more positive note, we were pleased to see that the Ashbourn Place gate access to the Foxwood Park has been repaired, following action by local Councillor Stephen Fenton
We have reported today paths in two locations which are impeded by overgrown hedges.
Its taken a long time, but the cycle path on Tadcaster Road (A1036) has finally been cleared of obstructions. A one metre margin has been cut and the worst of the overgrowing branches have been trimmed.
The Council still needs to apply some weed killer where grass is breaking through tde surface of the path.
There really needs to be an inspection regime put in place to avoid problems in the future on this, and other, dedicated paths.
The Council has tweeted today asking people to ensure that any boundary hedges are trimmed back from public roads and paths. They say this will help with “social distancing”.
The Council is right to do so.
Many people will have time to undertake the chore during the bank holiday weekend.
The Council also rightly asks hedge owners to be careful not to disturb any birds which may be nesting in the hedge.
Hedges overgrowing back lanes are a particular issue in some areas
Meanwhile there has been rapid grass growth this week with several verges and amenity areas becoming overgrown. We have reported several.
The Council has started to put signs out warning about upcoming road resurfacing schemes in areas like Tadcaster Road, Nunnery Lane and James Street.
Unfortunately some of the signs are blocking footpaths making “social distancing” more difficult.
Some Councillors have promised to take up the issue but really a more fundamental change is needed.
Signs could be place on lampposts at a height that would inconvenience no one while being clearer to all road and path users.
There are also increasing problems with paths being blocked by overgrown hedges while weed growth go unchecked on the path surfaces.
There are concerns that some locations, which had problems with weed growth in 2019, have again been omitted from this year’s treatment programme.
There is little evidence of “die back” on some routes despite the first treatment cycle having finished.