Once a year - or so it would seem - the council trims the hedge around the park, if it can remember to do so, or if it hasnt made so many staff redundant that there is still someone left to do this job. This year the council seems to have forgotten or cant be bothered to do it. So three weeks ago I wrote to find out what was happening...
From: Martin Weitz [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 10 August 2016 09:50
To: Sarah Tyler
Cc: John Mayne
Subject: Hedge still not cut
Have had loads of comments and complaints that the council hasn't bothered to cut the hedge this summer around st Andrews park. . As you can see it looks totally overgrown and only encourages people to think the council doesn't care.
What's happening? Why hasn't it been done?
The hedge will be cut and this is on the annual round.
Bird nesting season is March to August and it is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act to intentionally damage or destroy nests which is why hedge cutting should not take place during these months. As we are now at the end of the bird nesting season the hedge cutting will shortly be taking place in the park.
I WROTE BACK:
Many thanks for your prompt reply.
Are you saying that the council doesn’t cut any hedges for the six months between March and August? Is that really correct? I am dubious as it doesn’t tally with the fact that the council has been pollarding and cutting down trees in the park during the same period.
Can you give me an approx date when it will be cut?
BCC do cut H+S items during these times but planned non-urgent works do not take place, hence you will see the tree felling in the park as the trees were at risk and also hedges cut for visibility/safety reasons on highways etc.
Should be cut in the next month - I have flagged with the team supervisor and if we can do sooner we will.
I see so sometimes they do cut the hedge in the bird nesting period - seems it's head they win tails we lose.
3 Weeks later with the hedge still uncut I wrote again:
It's now over 3 weeks since I wrote to you about the failure of the parks department to cut the over-grown hedge all round St Andrews Park. I am very concerned that nothing has been done yet - despite your assurances below.
The hedge - once a thing of great beauty - is now an ugly eyesore.
It has become dangerous to people with impaired vision - young and old - because it is now hanging so far into the pavement that the branches could easily stab someone in the face or eye.
This is now a serious health and safety issue.
It now hides the lovely views of the park from people as they walk around the streets surrounding the park.
We have a significant loss of amenity.
What is happening?
Why doesn’t the council care?
Yours in frustration,
I AM AWAITING A REPLY !
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