Overgrown verge ‘danger’

Villagers in Skeffington say 6ft high grass and weeds are causing a danger to motorists
Villagers in Skeffington say 6ft high grass and weeds are causing a danger to motorists

Villagers in Skeffington say they are outraged that grass verges were not cut for six momnths near a notorious accident blackspot in their village.

Andy Brown, chairman of the A47 Skeffington Speed Reduction Campaign said the grass and weeds were allowed to grow up to 6ft high in some places, reducing vision for motorists trying to exit juctions.

He added: “Skeffington is a well known, notorious blackspot for road traffic accidents with three fatalities to date on this dangerous stretch of road.

“Leicester City Council can spend £19,000 painting shops different colours in the city, but Leicestershire County Council cannot spend a fraction of that amount cutting grass. They are putting pedestrians and road users lives in danger. Villagers spent over £10,000 of our own money introducing new calming gates and signage in an attempt to reduce speeding traffic, which become totally overgrown with 6ft high grass and weeds.

“The village bus stop gets obscured to motorists with young children also elderly alike trying to make the rat run across the A47 back into the village.”

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: “The verges in Skeffington were cut at the end of last week; although we are aware that we are slightly behind schedule with our grass cutting. We are committed to ensuring the environment is kept safe and we encourage people to contact 0116 3050001 if they have safety concerns where they feel the long grass makes visibility difficult.”