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Parish Council Letter!

Parish Council Letter!

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Published by Leigh G Banks
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Published by: Leigh G Banks on Nov 15, 2010
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The Road to Redemption Part IX
A letter to the parish council whoaren’t picking up any vibrationsgood or bad
How to cut your hedges in the Village of the DamnedDear parish councillors,I am sure it will do your public-spirited hearts good to know that the county councilhave contacted me about the narrow pavement outside my property and the over-hangof my hedge.The county officer understood that nobody would be foolish enough to stand in themiddle of the A519 to cut back a hedge – and besides the passing of hundreds of massive six axle - speeding - trucks keep it looking pretty neat for me anyway.A perfect cut if you take a look.Of course, the stretch of footpath you asked the county council to investigate has beenredundant for years, not because I will not cut the hedge back, but because of thethreat of the traffic.Do you remember, it’s not that many years ago when we used to be able to sit outsidethe Reform Tavern by the road on a summer’s day?
 
That’s a thing of the past now too – because of the traffic.Various ways of revitalising the footpath were discussed by the county council chapand myself. But, as you would expect, none of them had any value. Now we’ll have to see what happens. Nothing much I suspect.But it does beg the question: what value to the village is there in opening up this bit of footpath?Only a fool would try to walk on it.Think about it. If the wagons are so close to the edge that they keep my trees neatlycut, how long would it be before they dragged some pedestrian under their wheels?This latest idea from the parish council is about as much use to the village as all theother bits of pettiness and pointlessness that you have been dragged in to.If the footpath in question becomes useable again, the only people to actually use itwill be the drivers of the monstrous trucks who use the other pavement outside my property to pass each other.Any pedestrian foolish enough to walk along it might as well be walking a tightrope.The man from the county council was very quick to point out that the parish councilhad been instrumental in getting the white lines put down on either side of the road tomake it look narrower so drivers would be more careful.Well, that little move, along with the street lights which were put in more than adecade ago, have simply turned it into a race track.Do you know that since the 30mph speed limit was introduced the average speed of traffic has gone up to almost 60mph?Do you know that since you managed to get the road ‘narrowed’, almost 1,000 sixaxle wagons a day have begun to use this road? They don’t think it’s narrow – it’swide enough for them, if they use the pavements.Do you know that villagers who stick to the speed limit are regularly intimidated,tailgated, threatened, abused and insulted by other drivers?Do you know that more than a dozen people along the road in the village – and somefrom Barn Common – have complained to me about the vibrations set up by themassive speeding trucks?Do you know that people who live 300 yards away from the road cannot sleep at nightwith their windows open because of the noise?

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