‘No Boundary Dispute’ – Between City & Walsall Reports Chief Legal Officer

Over the last month or so, I have had residents living in Simmons Road and Snape Road on Ashmore Park – asking about the maintenance of the trees and hedges that back onto their property. The trees and the hedges are in the ownership of Walsall MBC.

What has been happening is that when the Ashmore Park residents ask them to maintain their tree and hedge line. They have been met with Walsall MBC stating that there was a dispute over the boundary line.

I have written twice now to the Chief Executive of Walsall and am awaiting a response, but I also wrote to the City of Wolverhampton as well.

Here is what the Head of Legal Services at City of Wolverhampton has written back to me. she said ” Further to your query re the above, I am advised that that there is no dispute between Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils regarding trees on the boundary between the two boroughs, the boundary line is clear. There is no boundary dispute.”

So if there is no boundary dispute it seems to me quite legitimate to expect Walsall to deliver some maintenance to the trees and shrubs in the hedgerow, that are causing so much consternation to residents in Ashmore Park? The hedges and trees are part of the Walkways between Coppice Farm and Ashmore Park on the Green Open Space the two local Authorities share.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more