Hedges and verges have become so overgrown in some areas of Bexhill that locals have had to pick up their own sheers and cut them back themselves.
East Sussex County Council is supposed to keep regular maintenance of grass, weeds and tree branches which overhang pavements. But, according to some fed up Observer readers, locals have been left with no choice other than to tackle the problem or risk some sidewalks being taken over by unruly vegetation.
One disgruntled resident, Jodie Betts, told the Observer that the issue had got so bad in Watermill Lane that an elderly local had carried out the work himself.
She said: “My parents have lived there for over 30 years and over the last few I have noticed that there doesn’t seem to be any concern with the overgrown brambles, weeds and tree branches.
“Two weeks ago a friend has said that a resident of Watermill Lane has taken it upon himself to cut back all the branches and weeds starting from Watermill Close. I saw this very gentleman today doing exactly the same again. He said that he has had to do it as no one seems to be interested in maintaining it.
“I don’t think this is very fair as he is aged in years. This is very concerning.”
However, when asked if cuts in council funding received from central government had led to a reduction in this type of maintenance, a spokesman for the county council said the regularity of hedge cutting had not been affected.
They said: “We undertake grass cutting, tree and hedge trimming and other green maintenance along highway maintained roads and areas across the county.
“Our highway stewards also undertake regular inspections to ensure our roads and footways are safe and clear of any defects and obstructions, including vegetation.
“Our normal urban grass cutting frequency is five times a year and a one metre wide swathe is cut along our rural road network twice a year.
“We will also be undertaking a major exercise this winter to cut back overgrown hedges and trees along our main routes.”
But there was some good news following the Observer’s call to county HQ. The spokesman added: “With respect to Watermill Lane and the wider Bexhill area, we would like to reassure residents that our contractor will be visiting the area to address the issues raised.”