Residents of Johnstone are blowing up the state of thorns and ivy near homes
FRUSTRATED residents of a Johnstone Street have raised concerns about overgrown thorns and ivy encroaching on their homes.
There are fears that the safety of people living in Spateston Road is at risk due to the lack of maintenance work carried out in the area this year.
Local resident Donna Hammond said attempts to resolve the issue by C~urb Factoring over the past year had been a “nightmare”.
She told The Gazette: “There are so many thorns and weeds that the area has become a real eyesore.
“My neighbor Yvonne is visually impaired, so the proliferation in the front is a danger for her.
“We had to go out and cut pieces of it ourselves, because they cling to our clothes when we enter our homes.”
There are also concerns about the rapid growth of nearby trees and the advancing ivy which has recently started to climb the side of one of the properties.
Donna said: “Ivy is such an invasive plant that as soon as it enters a building it voids all insurance policies on the building and probably damages the side of the building.
“The trees on the side of our properties are another big concern, as the branches are so close to our windows now that it’s quite scary, especially when it’s windy.
“We explained all this to the postmen, but we did absolutely nothing with them, because the last time the bushes were properly cut was last August.
“For the past year they say they have been getting quotes but have given no reason why the front areas around the parking lot have not been maintained.”
C~urb Factoring has pledged to take action after being contacted by The Gazette.
A spokesperson said: “Providing first class service is really important to us and on this occasion there was some incomplete ground maintenance which does not reflect this high standard.
“We would like to apologize to our Spateston Road factoring clients for this and assure them that all outstanding work will be completed by our landscape contractor this week.
“Officers were working on the site on Monday and work will continue until complete.”