Pavement fixed in Bourton

A broken pavement which was causing problems for pedestrians has been fixed.

The footway, along Victoria Street and heading toward Letch Hill Drive, is well used but was a challenge for elderly people in particular.

David Hind, who lives along the road, got in touch with Cllr Paul Hodgkinson earlier this year. He had spoken to Gloucestershire Highways about the damaged pavement but nothing had been done.

Now, after Paul got involved the offending surface has been sorted out.

Paul said: “I have a small pot of money each year for local highways projects so I used a bit of that to get some action for Bourton on this issue. The pavement was resurfaced last month and residents are delighted. It means it’s safe and will now last for years.”


Call to keep our verges safe

Have you noticed how some of our verges and pavements have become overgrown this year?

Paul ducks under overhanging branches along one pavement which has hardly any tarmac visible!

Residents of villages north of Cirencester have complained about this and letters in the local papers back up how people feel about the issue. Some have taken matters into their own hands by organising clear ups.

Now, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson is backing your calls to keep our local environment safe, “This is a question of pride in our area. The County Council have a new policy of only cutting back verges twice a year due to cuts from Shire Hall. However, we all know how overgrown it has become this year. That impacts on visibility – making it dangerous in some places for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

“Some pavements are virtually covered over with grass and this is a direct result of the County Council’s new policy of cutting verges only twice a year.”

“The County Council has £100 million in reserves – I call on it to spend a small proportion of that money on some of our pavements, roads and verges. It’s not rocket science to invest in making the Cotswolds a clean and tidy place for us all to benefit from.”

“Those verges which – if overgrown – limit visibility to such an extent that safety is compromised should be cut more often. Others, which aren’t in that category should be left to provide flowers and wildlife with a natural haven.”