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Call for action to tackle town's overgrown areas
1:45pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A COUNTY and district councillor has urged a town council to consider making a small rise in its council tax demand to help improve the environment.
Thirsk councillor Gareth Dadd said about 80 per cent of the concerns that residents speak to him about were “low-key issues”, such as overgrown hedges, and a number of alleys and parcels of land in the east of the town needed work.
He said as North Yorkshire County Council was facing having to make further spending cuts, he would increasingly look to the town council to pick up some of the maintenance work the county authority has previously undertaken.
Coun Dadd told a town council meeting: “With a little bit of effort and some resources I would hope that the town council would consider working with us on work to maintain areas that could enhance residents’ lives.
Mayor of Thirsk, Councillor Janet Watson, said the authority was also facing financial constraints, particularly after taking on responsibility for running the town’s public toilets.
Councillor Derek Adamson said some of the strips of land in the area were not owned by anybody.
The meeting heard some residents had indicated they would be willing to work on some of the overgrown areas and that a list of who owned the land needed to be created.
Councillor Dadd said: “Somebody somewhere is going to have to take on responsibility for these issues, which are not a statutory responsibility.”
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