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PRESS RELEASE: Lib Dems slam KCC as Budgets trimmed but Verges left overgrown

August 4, 2016 9:00 AM
Mike Sole - Grass Cutting Reduction August 2016

Mike Sole on Adisham Road at the B2046 and A2 junction having to push back undergrowth in front of important road signs

News that Kent County Council is proposing to reduce grass cutting from 8 times to 5 or 6 times a year has been slammed as irresponsible by Lib Dem campaigner Mike Sole.

"Just a few years ago our verges were cut up to sixteen times a year," said Mike. "In future years it is proposed to be less than a third of this. Long grass on the verges and overgrown hedgerows restrict vision for drivers and obscure pathways for pedestrians and cyclists."

"KCC has a statutory duty to ensure road signs are kept clear of undergrowth and visible for drivers. The council is failing in its duty, particularly in rural roads around Canterbury."

KCC is also hoping to encourage parish councils to take on the responsibility of maintaining shrubs and hedgerows. But Mike, a parish councillor in Bridge, has raised concerns about the affect this will have on councils. "This will impose an additional burden on parish councils that have neither the resources nor professional staff to undertake the work. It will lead to increased council tax for parish residents," said Mike.

Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman for Canterbury, James Flanagan, said, "Recently we have seen slashed rural mobile library services, rural lanes full of potholes, roads flooding because drains are not regularly cleaned, and now this is proposed. Conservative-run KCC is paying little regard to local villages and their residents."

For more information, please contact James Flanagan on 07807 379 289.

(headline courtesy of The Kentish Gazette)

James Flanagan verge cutting reduction July 2016

James Flanagan demonstrating the difficulty for pedestrians with wheelchairs and buggies to walk along the path between Bekesbourne station and Patrixbourne