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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Ulverston road grass ‘danger’ set to be addressed

A NOTORIOUS overgrown verge that has prompted a series of complaints from residents is set to get a trim thanks to a community cash boost.

Councillor Janette Jenkinson is hoping to use a new £1,000 allowance to pay for the unruly grass bordering the A590 at Lightburn Road in Ulverston to receive an extra chop this year.

The stretch has fallen victim to highways maintenance budget cuts which have reduced the number of times it is mowed to just twice a year.

Cllr Jenkinson said she had put the site forward to benefit from a new scheme which allows district council representatives to spend £1,000 to benefit the community or environment in their ward.

“It only gets two cuts a year now because of budget restrictions by the Highways Authority which means it looks terrible over the winter,” she said.

The verge has prompted a series of complaints from residents who claim the overgrown grass also obscures their view of the junction.

Cllr Jenkinson added: “Hopefully, if this suggestion is approved, it will improve the environment for people of the town.”

Cllr Jenkinson hopes the additional cutting could take place in September.

“Then hopefully it will last through until April when it’s cut again,” she said.

“I’m delighted to have this money to fund something that could make a direct improvement in Ulverston.

“I’ve never had the chance to do anything like this before so it’s something I very much welcome.”

Each councillor in South Lakeland has been given £1,000 to spend in their ward.

The money has come from South Lakeland District Council’s New Homes Bonus fund – the pot containing the bounty paid to the council by the government for each new home completed in the area.

The scheme put forward by Cllr Jenkinson will have to be approved by SLDC’s director of policy and performance before it is given the go ahead.

Have your say

what a waste of money that could go to something much more needed! I've never seen that grass part get above 3ft tall *ever* so it's not like it's obscuring anyone's views, except those loaded with money with low based sports cars (but then everyone local knows a secondary short cut to avoid that junction! #
That junction is bad not because of the grass verge, but because of the layout of the roads/houses! That amount of money can be much better spent than wasting it on a grass verge cutting! When will the councillors of ulverston understand what really needs sorting and get it sorted?

Posted by disgusted on 9 July 2013 at 23:32

I bet Sainsbury's would have been quite happy to fund this grass cutting near the Beehive site. But of course Cllr Jenkinson and co blocked the application for a much needed store.
Well done Cllrs.

Posted by Hoad Hill on 8 July 2013 at 17:13

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