Hazard of weed jungle

Norley Hall resident Bob Fairhurst negotiates the giant weeds outside his home in Falkirk Grove, with councillors Paul and Jeanette Prescott
Norley Hall resident Bob Fairhurst negotiates the giant weeds outside his home in Falkirk Grove, with councillors Paul and Jeanette Prescott

HUGE weeds are potential hazards for residents living in two Wigan neighbourhoods, it is claimed.

Long-suffering residents in Falkirk Grove and neighbouring Selkirk Grove, in Norley Hall, say they are in danger of tripping on overgrown weeds which line their houses.

Now Pemberton ward councillors Paul and Jeanette Prescott are urging Wigan and Leigh Housing to improve maintenance in the area.

And disabled resident Bob Fairhurst of Falkirk Grove, Norley Hall, has joined the campaign after struggling to travel in his wheelchair outside his house due to the plants.

Coun Paul Prescott said: “There is clearly a problem with weeds growing onto the footpaths from residents’ gardens.

“The neighbourhood is mainly council housing and its maintenance is the responsibility of Wigan and Leigh Housing.

“People are clearly worried that the footpaths are not being maintained. Some of the weeds reach knee height and it’s clear that treatment is not taking place.

“Everyone understands that the council is facing cutbacks, but we need to maintain the standards that people in the borough expect.

“In the long term it would be more cost effective to maintain regular treatment. Otherwise the council could face the cost of paying compensation if someone trips.”

Coun Jeanette Prescott said: “It’s clear that the council is facing cuts across its services but we have to be very careful that streets are well maintained.”

Both councillors now plan to hold talks with Wigan and Leigh Housing to discuss the maintenance of the two neighbourhoods.

No-one from Wigan and Leigh Housing was available to comment at the time of going to press.