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'Someone is going to get killed' because of overgrown hedges

Claire Tennyson

Reporter:

Claire Tennyson

RESIDENTS have said there is going to be a fatal accident because overgrown hedges are spilling out onto the footpaths and obstructing views of traffic.

Ulster Unionist, Jackson Minford, highlighted the issue to DFl Roads Service where a hedge has overgrown a footway along Galgorm Road near Dan's Road.

Mr Minford stated that the issue was raised to him by a user of a mobility scooter and that the limited width of footway left "is insufficient to safely negotiate".

He added: "It is also causing problems for those pushing prams".

Mr Minford went on to remind everyone of the need to maintain their landscaping where it may interfere with the adjacent roadway or footway.

"At this time of the year and with the excellent weather we are having, bushes and trees are growing well and if left unattended, could in time grow over the footways causing problems for pedestrians similar to those highlighted at Galgorm Road," added Mr Minford.

Mr Minford has been supported in his campaign by North Antrim UUP MLA and Party Leader Robin Swann.

The issue prompted many comments on Facebook with one user sayig "it was very dangerous all around Ballymena”.

Simone Hamilton, added: "Money should have been spent on all other problems and grounds in town instead of that hideous thing at Broadway Avenue."

Rhona McCarrison, said: “Walked out from the centre of Ballymena to Creative Gardens on Tuesday on the Academy side.

“I don't know why we have a footpath due to the unkempt trees and plants total disgrace.

“As for the River Braid it's a mess no other town ignores a main feature to let become overgrown and a blight.

Sammy Bones, added: "Grass on side roads is meeting each other so you get a small gap to drive down.

“But if meet another car where do you go?

“They need to get grass cut or someone is going to get killed by not seeing cars coming."

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