'Barrier is now an eyesore'

PUBLISHED: 17:05 17 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

FED up residents in Portishead are calling for the removal of an 'eyesore' pedestrian barrier - which is just metres away from their homes. People living in Greenfield Park say bosses at Gordano School put up the 3ft high barrier along the side of a stor

FED up residents in Portishead are calling for the removal of an 'eyesore' pedestrian barrier - which is just metres away from their homes.People living in Greenfield Park say bosses at Gordano School put up the 3ft high barrier along the side of a storm drain ditch after the new security perimeter fence was installed. But now they say nettles and weeds have grown up the whole of the barrier and it looks an eyesore.One fed up resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I don't know why the barrier went up. There is a path outside our homes so no one would walk alongside the ditch anyway."It has been there since September and is now looking a real eyesore. It is overgrown with weeds and nettles and is not the sort of thing you want to see every day when you look out of your window."Residents also claim a hedgerow was also removed when the old fence was taken out when the new one was installed last year.The resident added: "We pay £1,000 a year to live here and don't see why we should be forced to look out onto that."Bosses at the school said plans are afoot to remove the barrier and replace it with a new beech hedge. But they say the work has been held up after residents challenged the school's ownership of the land and whether it had the right to carry out the work.Gordano School business manager Paul Maines said: "The reason the barrier is there is to protect the public from falling in the ditch. There was a hedge in front of the ditch which was removed."What we want to do is to fill in the ditch and plant a beech hedge and pipe the storm water away from the road."We had appointed a contractor, but the work was disputed by a neighbour and this has caused a delay. "We are now in the process of applying for planning permission for the work."We are in contact with the residents and can appreciate their concern, but they have to take some responsibility for the delay in the work.

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