It is really good to see our county councillor finally challenging the disgusting state of the grass verges outside Moy Park.
And I hope to see them back to a normal state in the very near future.
I had challenged the highways department and councillor on a number of occasions in the past regarding this issue and on every occasion I was told that budgetary constraints was the reason for their lack of action. This was even when the council’s own website says that they are responsible for grass verges and that they should be repairing them. Is this finally genuine concern about this issue from our councillor, or is this just part of his current election campaign?
There have been a number of comments on social media and the Journal’s website regarding the poor state of all the verges in the whole area, especially those adjacent to Stephenson Avenue.
And I would like to explain to the residents of the area the reason why the verges are in such a bad state of repair and why their view is being blocked when exiting Stephenson Avenue.
Since 2012 and the introduction of on-street parking enforcement in the town, the Pretoria Road area has been targeted by the enforcement team with 28 tickets being issued to residents. This has meant that the vehicles that used to park in Pretoria Road have now been displaced on to the next available road, which is the B1174 Gonerby Road; a main arterial route into Grantham and a designated traffic-sensitive route according to highways department. So not a safe or ideal place to park these displaced cars.
While parking on this road, several people had their vehicles damaged by passing traffic so the residents then decided to park on the verges to prevent further damage. This has meant that the verges are now churned up and in a poor state of repair.
There have been numerous requests from the residents for parking in the whole area to be looked into and a practical solution found. But so far any suggestions or possible solutions have fallen on deaf ears. And instead of the council looking into the issue as a whole and challenging the route of the problem, they seem to be ignoring the issue and any subsequent problems that arise.
Perhaps if more people raised the issue with the highways department and county councillor, it may become part of his current election campaign and something might be done.