A group of pensioners banded together to give a facelift to some neglected land in a Bexhill street.
The gardeners got to work in Links Drive and with the help of a local firm and a former gardening contractor, they cleared the weed-choked site and planted 270 roses donated by East Sussex County Council.
Roger Daniels, of College Road, Bexhill, who organised the clean-up, said the residents undertook the work claiming the county council was not carrying out maintenance work on the footpaths, verges and roads in the area.
He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that we pay our money and East Sussex County Council just lets things deteriorate through neglect.
“It doesn’t do anything to generate civic pride in this town which we all love.”
Roger Williams, East Sussex County Council’s head of highways, said: “We do spend £750,000 every year on cutting grass verges but our resources are limited, particularly in the current difficult economic climate.
“In urban areas across the county, including these streets, we cut the grass on verges five times a year. However our priority has to be road safety rather than aesthetics.
“While we do recognise that some residents would like to see cutting more often, we can only work within the limited resources we have available.”
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