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Stony Path and Wroths Path

by admin on May 13th, 2017

For our Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter we invited local councillor Stephen Pewsey to comment on our story concerning the corner of the two roads following a picture submitted by a local resident.  Councillor P{ewes responded, but his contribution was too late to ben included.  Here is what he says:

“Firstly the verge. I’m not sure when the photo was taken but the greenery has since re-grown with considerable vigour (I don’t know anybody who’s successfully killed a determined clump of green alkanet!) and it looks pretty much back to normal. You might not be aware but Wroths Path residents have for years regularly cut back and reduced the shrubs at this corner as it’s otherwise difficult to spot cars coming up Stony Path when you’re trying to turn out of Wroths Path.

“On the fence itself, which is within the conservation area, I believe the owner was informed that he had breached CA guidelines and was advised to apply for retrospective planning permission. This he did, and the application was turned down, and the issue is now with the enforcement team although, as is so often the case, they may decide to take no action. The fence was of course installed following an evening of arson attacks in the area by a marauding gang of teens known as the “Cottage Loaf Mob”. Although most of the fires they lit around the town were small-scale, this one did burn down the chap’s conifer hedge.

“On the external damage caused by contractors, a request for a permanent new street nameplate has been made to ECC Highways, as has the damage to the road/pavement surface. Although the nameplate will be replaced in due course, repairing the surface damage is far less certain. As I’m sure you know, there is a great deal of this sort of thing going on across the town (I have had my eye on a very bad example in Forest View Road where about 50m of pavement has been completely wrecked by builders). In theory, Highways inspectors are meant to check sites where planning permission has been granted before and after work has been completed, and bill the contractor for any defects, but in practice they are overwhelmed with work and too few in number, so this rarely happens.”

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