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Overgrown hedges damaging vehicles along Waterfall road

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Part of Hays Lane in Waterfall.

Part of Hays Lane in Waterfall.

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A WATERFALL resident has pleaded for help in maintaining a country road as family vehicles are constantly being damaged and delivery services are refusing to access her property.

Kath Cushing of Hays Lane, Waterfall, attended a meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council to seek urgent help in trying to get Staffordshire County Council to clear the lane to her home from overgrown hedges which are damaging her car.

It also stopping deliveries, which is leading to a 50-mile round trip to pick up parcels.

However, Waterhouses Parish Council and the county highways department have now responded to the issue and some work was carried out on Saturday morning.

Mark Deaville, cabinet support member for transport and connected county on Staffordshire County Council said: "Our highways team have already been out to inspect the area and have organised contractors to cut back the hedges."

Councillor Gill Heath, who is the representative for the area, said: "As soon as I received an email from Mrs Cushing I spoke to the highway officer, who has stated that work will be completed on this road. However the road sweeping is the responsibility of the district council."

Speaking at the parish council Mrs Cushing said: "The road to my home is now only just passable. My car and also family members' vehicles are getting badly scratched every time we use the road.

"Delivery vans have now refused to come to the farm and I have been told to pick items up at Stoke.

"I have bought a road sweeper myself as we are a working farm and no-one ever sweeps and cleans it as it becomes a quagmire at times.

"This is an adopted road. Last year the council did a few potholes, but no hedges were cut, so now they are growing into the road.

"I have been told by BT to pick up an internet router I ordered from Stoke.

"Both my son's and my own car need specialist attention.

"My brother came to stay with me last week and his car was scratched. I now intended to seek compensation and recover the cost for the repair work against the county council for the damage."

She added: "Another parcel failed to be delivered by Parcel Force last week I now have to go to Stoke again. Had the edges been cut this problem would not be with us. We live on a farm at the end of lane so there is no other way to the property."

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