Kidderminster-based MEP James Carver is calling for the town’s streets to be cleared of weeds and tons of sprouting greenery at the base of roadside trees to put “pride” back in communities and improve pedestrian safety.
The massive growth at the base of trees, which has gone unchecked since the spring, is blocking the way for mothers with pushchairs and people in wheelchairs along footpaths in areas such as Northumberland Avenue and surrounding streets.
Mums Beckie Archer and Micaila Price, members of Foley Park Primary School PTA, said they had been complaining to Wyre Forest District Council for many weeks.
Mrs Archer, who has three children at the Northumberland Avenue school, said: “You can hardly get pushchairs passed some of the trees and in places you have to squeeze between them and stinging nettles.”
Mr Carver, whose office is in nearby Lisle Avenue, said: “The growth at the base of the trees around Kidderminster – especially on school routes – should never have been allowed to get so out of control. It’s completely unacceptable and a serious safety hazard.
“I gather work has started to cut this growth back in some streets including Linden Avenue and St John’s Avenue, but the council should be lambasted for taking so long to start the work and now that it has begun, it needs to speed up.”
Mr Carver also accused the council of doing “half a job” leaving grass and weeds growing around the base of the trees and along kerbsides and gutters.
He added: “The streets look shabby – it’s time the council helped create some pride in the town. They have a department to do this and they need to work smarter and more effectively.
“If the town looked good it might encourage more investment as well as make people feel proud of their communities.”
Mum Michelle Griffiths is pictured with five-month old Elara, struggling along Northumberland Avenue to collect daughter Ebony, aged seven, from Foley Park Primary School.