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  • "If people start setting a precedence by cutting grass due to Health and Safety issues. Do those people then become liable if an accident happens because they failed to cut it the next time it needs doing? Taking ownership could lead to more problems than you may think. People should think before they start taking matters into their own hands. Do you want to be accountable for the death of someone because you forgot you took ownership of the verge at the top of your street?

    Also I wish people would stop chanting we need to direct money into children and adult social care! If you'd been paying attention 'everyone agrees with you!' However the money is still being directed into the salaries of Senior Managers! That information is accurate and can not be denied since anyone working at the Council would confirm that for you I suggest you haven't done your homework! Not a single penny should be paid to increase anyone's wage at the Council if that money can go in the pot for Children and Adult social care!"
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Cuts to grass-trimming put lives at risk it is claimed

Hereford Times: Bullingham Lane after it had been trimmed. Photo by Chris Draper.(6752020) Bullingham Lane after it had been trimmed. Photo by Chris Draper.(6752020)

MORE lives have been put at risk as a result of Herefordshire Council's decision to reduce grass-cutting, it has been claimed.

Last week, the Hereford Times reported how 18-year-old Rhys Evans overturned his car after missing a sign warning of a sharp bend due to overgrown vegetation.

It followed Herefordshire Council's decision to reduce grass-cutting from seven to three times a year in a bid to save £670,000.

And councillor Chris Chappell believes long grass, which is obscuring lifebuoys near the River Wye, pose further safety concerns.

"It’s a very dangerous situation. If someone goes into the river you can’t see them from the bank," he said.

"People do go in the river and unfortunately that stretch is notorious for taking lives."

The vegetation surrounding the lifebuoys near Hinton Road would make it difficult for anyone to locate the device in an emergency, added cllr Chappell.

He also claimed that he has received a number of complaints regarding the reduced trimming, with some people even threatening to withhold council tax.

"I know there is a shortage of money but there needs to be a complete re-think," he said.

"It’s essential that along the river banks or at road junctions that the grass is kept down and when visitors drive into Hereford it is always nice for them to see it’s being trimmed."

But visitors travelling into the city on the A4103 would have barely been able to catch sight of where they were heading.

The "Welcome to Hereford" sign, photographed by Allan Hooper, is almost covered by the surrounding grass.

More than 2,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for Herefordshire Council to reverse its decision.

And a Facebook group entitled "Hereford Council are a pain in the grass" has also been "liked" by more than 2,000 people.

Chris Draper, from Lower Bullingham, is a resident who has taken grass-cutting into his own hands after safety concerns.

After complaining to Herefordshire Council about a blind spot on Bullingham Lane, near to the railway bridge, he went out with a neighbour to tackle the issue.

"It's not on to just say 'we will cut the grass three times a year'," he said.

"Some priorities should be given – such as to junctions or blind spots and roundabouts."

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