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I told you it would get worse! (continued)

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This problem has been ongoing for 20 years. Still waiting for Balfour Beatty to come and cut the grass and the trees are becoming a nightmare for people living underneath them. No news from our local councillor following an email sent. Herefordshire Housing and Muir Housing also involved and responding with site visits to assess situation. Basically Hereford Council and BBLP lack of interest creates blight on our estates and they don't care.

Regarding this topic it's a shame that the old postings can't be replied to. Also I note that the posts on new topics are not numbered. This was useful in the past.

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Martin no surprise there regarding local councillor Bernard Hunt, Like Phil Edwards he got a reputation for ignoring his constituents, ask anyone in Bromyard, he not allowed to stand there again. Going back to the state of the trees and pathways, ring HC on 260000 and ask for Belfour Beattie and speak to them yourself. Other than that send your photo to HT and tell them what you written on here.

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BBLP's admitted policy is reactive ie do nothing until someone complains (and then still do little or nothing). It's a shame that payment to them isn't on the same basis. Instead of proper, planned ongoing maintenance, everything is in terminal decline, with a man and a van turning up to react to a collections of complaints, patching it at best and clearing off again. Or just closing the logged complaint as finished without doing anything (as is happening with issues in my road).

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Getting off the bus this evening at 6pm came across a woman and I presume her daughter with a litter picker and black bag. In 20 years this is the first time I have come across another member of the public on Newton Farm trying to keep the environment tidy - well done.

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I emailed my Councillor about this ongoing problem. 4 foot long grass etc. Email dated 06.06.19. I have had no reply. The name of the Councillor is Kath Hey. 

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Roger... Where I appreciate you contacting your  councillor Kath Hey, I am not surprised she hasn't answered she not the councillor for Newton Farm, Bernard Hunt is.

Martin... There is another website for NF called Nextdoor, Bernard Hunt address according to him is Cedar Close which is where Phil Edwards lives,  Maybe he asking him to take his calls/emails?

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Denise... the parish meeting would be in the Town Hall for Newton Farm, you will meet both councillors there, so could tackle them face to face. Jackie Carwardine you probable get a response from her) and Bernard Hunt. According to him on the other  website he in NF every day.

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Glenda I am referring to the PC Meetings held at Belmont Community Centre every 6 weeks. The last time I looked at their financial situation they had enough money to hire a lengthsman to do the work referred to. This would take away the necessity of relying on BB who clearly are incapable of doing the work.  

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Denise.... the meetings at the centre is for Belmont residents only. Newton Farm and Belmont are no longer linked together since 2015 when they changed the ward boundaries. The centre employs their own groundsman but only for the centre grounds.

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On 13/07/2019 at 09:19, Glenda Powell said:

Roger... Where I appreciate you contacting your  councillor Kath Hey, I am not surprised she hasn't answered she not the councillor for Newton Farm, Bernard Hunt is.

Obviously you are trying to make a cheap 'forum' and pedantic point. The 'ongoing' grass problem is widespread. Not confined to an area represented by a certain Councillor. You knew what I was saying and tried to be clever. You need to get a grip. I will add, as you need it spelled out, that I contacted Kath Hey about problems 10 feet from my back gate. Problems connected 100% with the sentiment of the topic title above. The #1 post. No reply from a Councillor after a month has passed is 'failure' in my book. 

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Roger.... I was neither making a cheap forum and pedantic point, this story is about NF, the problem may widespread, but at this moment Megilleland post above is about NF so are all the pictures.

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21 hours ago, Glenda Powell said:

Roger.... I was neither making a cheap forum and pedantic point, this story is about NF, the problem may widespread, but at this moment Megilleland post above is about NF so are all the pictures.

Keep digging ..... I expanded the debate. To demonstrate a wider issue. Environmental issues are widespread in the City Estates. The grip has been lost (by the Council) on necessary environmental housekeeping. 

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It appears now that you need to go public and direct with these issues; ie social media with hash tags so that everyone can see them. I find Twitter is very useful. Except when they reply with a DM and you reply publicly so everyone can see too :Thumbs-Up:

 

On a side note I have contacted Bblp with regards to unsafe play equipment. They said it's HC issue!! That was a week ago - it's still unsafe and in use!!

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It appears the grass cutting schedule shows only 4 cuts a year. BBLP missed the first one, possibly due to the weather at the time. Obviously if they miss a cut they don't bother to come back when its dried out. The next cut is 15th July to 19th July. Wait and see if they turn up. No reply from my councillor from email sent 9th July. He needs to make a site visit to see the problems himself. Only 2 days left to react - any chance?

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Martin he a member of Phil Edwards Newton Farmers grass cutting team (see the photo of them both on his election leaflet) BBLP didn't do a cut because Phil Edwards did it on his sit-on machine, although HC pays BBLP to cut the grass as a part of their contract with them.

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Dilligaf, Are you talking about the play area by you? if so as a part of the Oval Redevelopment if so that belongs to Herefordshire Housing, ring them on 0300 777 4321.

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7 hours ago, Glenda Powell said:

Martin he a member of Phil Edwards Newton Farmers grass cutting team (see the photo of them both on his election leaflet) BBLP didn't do a cut because Phil Edwards did it on his sit-on machine, although HC pays BBLP to cut the grass as a part of their contract with them.

Nobody has cut it this year.

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I know its not been cut, but without sounding  like a stuck needle BBLP refused to cut the grass when they saw Phil Edwards cutting  it!

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I've never seen anybody or Phil Edwards cutting this area of grass. Today it's raining and the next scheduled cut is from 15th August to 21st August and the final cut 16th September to 20th September. Over half way through this year and nobody cares.

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Regarding the state of the trees in this area here are some examples of creative topiary carried out by various unknown individuals in the area. They don't look right, but maybe it's me

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Just awful - I would be tempted to send it all to the Daily Mail or some such daily rag. Our beloved Council want to spend millions of pounds on new roads but do not look after what they have.

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Martin,  don't know about tree on left, but the right hand one looks like the tree they cut right back and its got its new growth in Waterfield Road, the tree stumps looks like the field behind Sherborne Close if so that's Herefordshire Housing land.

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On 17/07/2019 at 23:38, DILLIGAF said:

It appears now that you need to go public and direct with these issues; ie social media with hash tags so that everyone can see them. I find Twitter is very useful. 

I agree. The Council do try and engage with a 'direct message'. But engagement Publicly on Twitter is better. 

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Scheduled cut this week for Muir Close passes by again with nothing done. Makes a joke of Balfour Beatty strapline "Living Places"

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Does the Council and BBLP have a public email address. I can't find one on the council's website. They only want you to use their report forms which are not easy to use if you want to copy in other people.

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Martin, if you ring the council on 260000 and follow instructions to speak to BBLP or ask the operator on this number to put you through, Glenda

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On 21/07/2019 at 09:28, megilleland said:

Scheduled cut this week for Muir Close passes by again with nothing done. Makes a joke of Balfour Beatty strapline "Living Places"

They've been out today at long last and cut the grass all down to their usual standard and left a mess behind them. How do they expect children to play on these areas. I am surprised no one has caught Lyme's Disease the grass was so long. The alley way up the side of the garages next to 34 Muir Close is still blocked by shrubs.

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