Overgrown foliage on Chesterfield road is 'hazard’ to pedestrians and motorists

A Chesterfield councillor has called for urgent action to cut back overgrown foliage on a busy road in the town, describing it is a ‘hazard’ to both pedestrians and motorists.

Friday, 27th August 2021, 12:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th August 2021, 10:26 am

Councillor Katherine Hollingworth, who represents Brockwell ward, said work urgently needs to be carried out to remove the growth at the bottom of the trees on Holmebank West.

She told how people using pushchairs and wheelchairs are regularly forced to use the road to get past and said it is an ‘increasingly dangerous situation’.

Holmebank West is a busy cut through for people wishing to get to Ashgate Road and often has many parked cars and poor visibility, with the overgrown foliage also creating issues for those living on the road as it obscures their view as they try to leave their driveways.

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Coun Katherine Hollingworth says the growth at the bottom of trees on Holmebank West is an ‘increasingly dangerous situation’

Coun Hollingworth said: “I am grateful that Chesterfield Borough Council (CBC) stepped in immediately by cutting back the growth which was obscuring parked cars as it was a real danger.

“The rest of the cutting back was referred to Derbyshire County Council by CBC (DCC are responsible for the trees), and by myself in July. But still nothing has been done.

"Despite the current drive to promote active travel it would seem Derbyshire County Council do not give any priority to the needs of people in residential areas of Chesterfield.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re aware that these trees need trimming and the work will be carried out in the next couple of weeks.”

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