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They've done it again !!!!!

On 9 Jun 2015 at 9:42am Disgusted from Lewes wrote:
Yet again, the complete retards responsible for the A27 central verges have mown them to the ground.
This time, they didn't even let the hundreds of native Orchids flower.
Now i've got no problem mowing a 1m strip by the side of the road for health and safety reasons but there is no reason why we can leave the middle bit...from the crash barriers inwards, alone.
Last time this was mentioned, someone brought up who was responsible for the maintenance. Was it ESCC or the Highways Agency ?
On 9 Jun 2015 at 9:51am Lewes Resident wrote:
I think you'll find its the Highways Agency who are responsible for the care and maintenance of trunk roads like A27, but no doubt they'll have contracted the work out, and will blame the contractors.

On 9 Jun 2015 at 10:18am belladonna wrote:
And yet the verges are full of beautiful white daisies. I'm not sure what the point of mowing the verges is TBH - seems a waste of time and money, especially if it has no effects on sightlines and safety.

Was there any response to the complaint re the cutting back of the banks opposite the Grange (revealing all the rubbish?)
On 9 Jun 2015 at 10:22am Chopped wrote:
Just e-mail them and ask why they are spending public money chopping down wildflower habitat on this stretch of the road, when just a few hundreds of metres further on Brighton Council have spent public money to specifically plant a wildflower central reservation.
You are right, it is ridiculous. It may not be the biggest problem in the world, but it is easy to remedy.
On 9 Jun 2015 at 10:24am Earl of Lewes wrote:
They did the same last week on the road to Ringmer - completely pointless, as the plants weren't obstructing the footpath or road. Plus, the vehicle blocked the road and caused tailbacks. At a time when councils are being asked to save money, this seems like an unnecessary expense.
On 9 Jun 2015 at 11:32am Historian wrote:
Its a complete conspiracy, they're not broke, they have huge budgets which they have to spend, in order to get the next years budget, and hopefully increase it !!
On 9 Jun 2015 at 12:41pm Mavis wrote:
They seem to have enough new money for all the red Tarmac that's arriving daily !
On 9 Jun 2015 at 12:58pm Zzz.. wrote:
The East Sussex Highways Agency has been inept and inefficient for at least the last decade. There should be a cull of the managers. They really are very useless.
On 9 Jun 2015 at 5:44pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The Highways Agency is a national body, nothing to do with the council.
ESCC Highways are pretty rubbish, but this one is not down to them.
On 9 Jun 2015 at 7:28pm Mme B wrote:
Speaking of roads and roadworks, has anyone noticed that they have returned to their old bad practice of covering a section of road with whatever, then throwing a load of stone chips over it which they expect us to bed in using our cars as 20 mph. What happened to the old steamroller? This method is a very short term practice and the road quickly becomes ruined in icy weather.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 8:14am Zzz.. wrote:
Yes. The A275 through Chailey recently got this treatment.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 9:58am xplorer1 wrote:
This campaign is about rural verges rather than main roads, but the principle's the same.

Check it out here »
On 10 Jun 2015 at 10:59am ESH wrote:
shouldn't you be keeping your eyes on the road rather than the shrubbery?
On 10 Jun 2015 at 11:50am Rosiecheeks wrote:
Do you know what happens to the flowers,bulbs, small shrubs etc that fill the triangles ie,Phoenix causeway near waitrose,, they chuck them away, and how many times a year do they do that with the seasonal changes. What a waist of money.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 3:55pm grower wrote:
Cheaper to throw them away than remove, dry them, store clean them up. Trust me, new stuff is by far cheaper and will give a much better show.
On 10 Jun 2015 at 9:23pm jennyr wrote:
Re Grange Road hacking of cow parsley I emailed the man at Lewes District council. Radio 4 Plant Life International warned councils they are cutting wild flowers down before they have seeded. Asking councils to let the bees make use of pollen and let seeds set. Councils surely can wait and save money. The huge banks of red orchids on road to Beachy Head chopped down too. I know what I'd do with the strimmers.
On 14 Jun 2015 at 6:17pm Belladonna wrote:
Saw the verges in question yesterday . What I don't understand is why that particular bit of the A27 has been cut whereas every other verge for miles is bursting full of daisies, mallow, ajuga, etc and been left unmown
just odd.

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