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Grassy gutters and kerbs look shabby

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Christopher Petit withe the weeds in Nelson Road.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140797-1 SUS-140808-124503001

C140797-1 Bog Aug7 Weeds phot kate Christopher Petit withe the weeds in Nelson Road.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140797-1 SUS-140808-124503001

OVERGROWN kerbs and gutters have turned an area of Bognor Regis into a 
‘Wild West’ town, a resident has complained.

Christopher Pettit said the state of the roadside along Nelson Road and Tennyson Road made the area look shabby.

“The two roads outside my house look like Dodge City, with tumbleweed blowing through them,” he said.

“It’s beyond me to understand why they can’t be kept clean. It doesn’t have to look so shabby. But nobody wants to do anything about the situation. The councils still expect me to pay my council tax.

“The services I get seem to be reduced, but that doesn’t apply to the amount I am paying. I can’t make the same excuse and say I want to reduce my payments.

“I could go to prison if I did that, but you can’t get a council to go to prison because they don’t do their job properly.

“I’ve lived in this road for 29 years and it’s slowly 
gone downhill.”

Mr Pettit, 73, of Nelson Road, said his monthly council tax bill was £192 to all councils.

He has approached MP Nick Gibb with his complaint and intends to take it to the communities secretary, Eric Pickles.

Mr Pettit said the roads were cleaned thoroughly in 2012 by a group of four men who scraped out all the weeds and grass.

Action was also taken last year after he complained to West Sussex County Council, the highways authority, last year about the state of the roads, and they were cleaned. Some people clear their own kerbs.

Mr Pettit has been told by Ben Whiffin, the county council’s assistant highways manager, the roads are due to be cleaned this month.

The treatment should kill the growth within two weeks and would follow an earlier session last May.

“I appreciate this may not resolve your concerns completely but I would point out our budgets for this 
type of maintenance are being reduced.

“Therefore, there is simply no scope to increase the amount of sprays we carry out in the county in the foreseeable future.”

 

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