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I did try. A while back I asked CBC if they would provide me with a proper brushcutter to cut back some invasive weed and sapling problems adjacent to the common ground outside our homes. We, yes, my neighbour and I offered to do the work and keep it looking tidy. It used to be a nice strip of land belonging to the council and it had lots of hydrangeas. Now they are completely overrun by bindweed, couch grass, nettles, thistles and yellow willow. The only thing missing is Japanese knotweed! The saplings have taken root by the pavement so given time the roots will pop the paving slabs and possibly cause damage to the cables and newly laid water pipes to the houses. All of this we told the council about.

Their response? You can guess what their attitude was. Two weeks ago we cleared it as best as we could but garden strimmers aren't up to the task. We pulled and hacked out what we could and the council grudgingly collected what we had tried to clear. My neighbour and me don't mind doing the hard graft but there's only so much we can do alone. In Dave's Big Society it should be a partnership but the council find it easier to obstruct than participate. Not even our local councillor will support us. Then again, the council is Tory and he's Labour so maybe he has battles of his own to fight.

I really don't think there are many people in our area willing to take on community ownership. What my neighbour and me have achieved has been in spite of the other residents and the council rather than getting active support and help. Believe me, we've done our best and I reckon there are people like us all over the country who try. Even in the poshest areas you get people who don't give a toss as long as it's not their problem. Smile | :)
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