I have been working for several months trying to get overgrown vegetation cut back from key areas around Grove since the summer. Residents will recall how long it took to get Newlands Drive done as reported here earlier this year. However, these areas had all been reported to me and County Highways several times, so it has been frustrating to have to wait several months for the work to be completed.
As you will see from the photos above, the route from Grove to Wantage alongside the SSE substation by the recreation ground has been a cause of concern for a long time, as has the footpath along the busy A338 near to the rail bridge. These stretches, as well as the walkway through from the end of Evenlode Close have now been cleared with money used from my Area Stewardship Fund.
The reason given for these projects taking such a long time, is to try to establish land ownership issues, but in some cases, this is either unclear or unresolved. Residents need to be aware that they are responsible for vegetation from their properties which overhang the highway or footpaths, and must keep them cut back or they may be recharged from the County Council for undertaking the work.