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Overgrown walkway tidy up parallel to High Elms Lane, north Watford, completed
Council bosses have decided to tidy up an overgrown pedestrian walkway after multiple complaints from a parish councillor and former park ranger.
The joint pedestrian and cycle path, which runs parallel to High Elms Lane, in north Watford, was so overgrown that, at some points, pedestrians were forced to walk on the cycle path. Cyclists would then have to ride on an uneven grass verge to avoid hitting walkers.
Martin Brooks, an Abbots Langley parish councillor, said last week: "The bushes cover half the walkway so pedestrians have to walk into the bicycle path.
"I would be happy right now if the highways department, instead of waiting until the end of summer for their cut cycle because this is all present in June and July, got rid of the overgrowth on the walkway now.
The pathway is the responsibility of Ringway, which works on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, and workers were seen cutting back the overgrowth earlier this week.
Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We have received a small number of enquiries about overgrown vegetation on the cycle path in High Elms Lane. Ringway engineers have visited the site to inspect the issue and have found that the vegetation is overgrown but does not pose an immediate safety hazard to the public.
"Ringway tree surgeons that are specialists in dealing with trees and working with machinery at height will be visiting the site to carry out the works and we anticipate that this will be complete before the start of the new school term."
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