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Ipswich: Resident worried as borough fails to clear leaf danger on path

13:00 06 December 2012

Ian Gregory is unhappy about the leaves that have been left on the path in Stoke Park Drive near Bourne Park

Ian Gregory is unhappy about the leaves that have been left on the path in Stoke Park Drive near Bourne Park

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A CONCERNED resident is angry with the council for failing to clear slippery leaves from a well-used pathway.

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Ian Gregory, 47, of Whitland Close, regularly walks along the stretch of path in Stoke Park Drive next to Bourne Park and first became worried about the amount of fallen leaves on the path in October.

Mr Gregory contacted Ipswich Borough Council to ask them to clear the leaves, as they were making the pathway slippery for pedestrians.

He said: “I know it’s busy at this time of year with pedestrians, but elderly people, children and churchgoers use that road and somebody’s going to have a serious accident if it’s not cleared.”

Mr Gregory became increasingly concerned as the leaves began to rot and became mulchy and even more hazardous for pedestrians.

“You had to walk on the kerb to avoid them and that’s dangerous,” he said.

Mr Gregory raised the issue at a local area committee and spoke to the council several more times in the hopes of getting the rotting leaves cleared.

He said: “I’m wondering if it’s going to take an accident before something can be done.”

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “We’d like to thank Mr Gregory for bringing this to our attention. The problem of leaves is obviously at its most acute at this time of year, when they are falling from trees on a daily basis.

“Our team is working very hard across the town to solve the problem.”

The spokesman also confirmed the leaves were due to be cleared this week.

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6 comments

  • If he's that concerned about some fallen leaves why nto walk down the street with a brrom and push them all to the side? Or better yet, chill out a bit. As long as people dont go running over them theres no real danger.

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    Monkey1986

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • No doubt when the council tax goes up because of the cost of nannying people who can't take a bit of care themselves, he'll have a whinge about that as well.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • It's amazing the guy in the background of the photo seems to have managed to negotiate the path without mishap, maybe he just walked carefully like sensible people have done in the autumn for years!

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    MZH

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • It's autumnwinter!!! What do you expect? They can't sweep it every day, even if they did it once a week, it wouldn't help much. This guy really needs to get a life.

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    RC

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • "I'm wondering if it's going to take an accident before something is done?" - Either that or you could do something about it. Money is short. If you care about things, put some effort into putting them right.

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Surely its common sense, leaves get wet and slippery so just walk slower accross them. Surely leaves were never cleared from paths years ago so why bother now? Oh yes because we live in an American blame and gain society and are always looking for a quick buck! Just seems another waste of tax payers money clearing leaves when guess what..... more will appear tomorrow!

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    Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

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