Clean-up fight at seating area

Lower Beauvale: Sarah Marshall in the communal Garden.
Lower Beauvale: Sarah Marshall in the communal Garden.

A woman from Eastwood has taken it upon herself to tidy a communal garden and seating area, claiming that it has been neglected in the past.

Sarah Marshall filled 14 bin bags with moss that had grown on the patch of land at the bottom of Lynncroft Road, and now she wants owner Nottinghamshire County Council to ‘sit up and take notice’.

The 62-year-old said the block paving and brickwork had rotted from falling leaves and the site was covered in moss and weeds.

“It looks a complete mess,” she said. “It brings the area down. It’s also on the end of the Blue Line Trail so tourists come along and see this mess.

“It could look really lovely but it’s been neglected, in my view. Weeds have grown everywhere and the moss was inches deep.

“The leaves fall and rot and then damage the brickwork, which is .”

The ornamental patch of land with block paving, sycamore trees and a seating area is about 50 yards long and was created in the late 80s.

Ms Marshall – who has lived opposite the site for 40 years – admits she has not approached the council and asked them to tidy it up.

But claims she had no faith in them to do so.

“In the past the council has filled areas of rotted brickwork with Tarmac, and I understand that neighbours who have complained have been passed from pillar to post.

“Now I have done it I want them to sit up and take notice. I think the wrong trees were planted there in the first place so the council needs to take a decision on what to do.”

The county council’s highways manager for Broxtowe, Dave Walker, said: “An inspector has gone out and a couple of areas have been highlighted for repair.”