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Branston pensioners' frustration as overgrown hedge leaves them 'trapped'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

Jean Harris and Noreen Fitzpatrick are complaining at the state of the hedges between Clays Lane and Lynwood Close in Branston

Jean Harris and Noreen Fitzpatrick are complaining at the state of the hedges between Clays Lane and Lynwood Close in Branston

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PENSIONERS unable to access their nearest bus stop due to an overgrown hedge say they are delighted it has been trimmed.

However, after five weeks of repeated calls to East Staffordshire Borough Council to complain, they have been left wondering why they were never told that the responsibility lay with Trent and Dove Housing.

Jean Harris, who lives in Lynwood Close, Branston, said the hedge in the cut linking the street to the bus stop in Clays Lane was so overgrown that people had to fight their way through or take a lengthy detour around the street. She was unable to get her mobility scooter through and said she could no longer use the bus to get to and from town.

She told the Mail that both she and many of her neighbours had resorted to getting taxis instead, meaning she was unable to use her bus pass. She said: "We try to live independently and not to be a problem to the community, but the hedge made it difficult for us.

"I called East Staffordshire Borough Council on a regular basis to ask them to cut it down and they said the job had been listed as 'urgent' and would be completed shortly. It was far too overgrown and tried to undress you every time you walked through.

"However when they came to cut it down, I found out that it was actually Trent and Dove who were in charge of taking care of it. I don't understand why they couldn't tell me that. I feel like I've wasted my time."

Jean said she still believes that it has taken far too long for the problem to be sorted and hopes that it will now be maintained on a more regular basis. She said: "It was just making it far too difficult to get through."

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