All is not rosy in John’s garden

John Ledger
John Ledger

PENSIONERS on a city estate feel they have been ‘left to rot,’ claiming essential gardening work has not been done.

Elderly residents in Walgrave Drive, Bradwell, say the council has gone too far with cuts meaning work to cut hedges, trees and moss has not been done and spraying to kill weeds not carried out.

John Ledger in dispute with council over cutting back of trees

John Ledger in dispute with council over cutting back of trees

Resident John Ledger, 62, spoke out after he spent £300 developing and cultivating a 10 foot patch of land at the rear of his garden that had fallen into disrepair – only to be told the council wanted it back and that it would be returned to its original state,

He said: “To do that I would have needed to have left it untouched for about five years, it was terrible.

“We spend more time in our gardens than most and it is depressing when you can’t see past overgrown hedges and weeds.”

Mr Ledger had used 200 litres of topsoil on improvements and even added his own fencing.

He has since been told he can keep the land for £1 a year and after paying a £100 administration fee.

A council spokesman said: “The administration fee reflects the time taken to produce the licence – checking land registry searches, deeds, covenants, restrictions, seeking formal approval, drafting the licence, plans etc, not just the cost of sending a single letter.”