Unkept Hedge – Church Understands Concerns

Following complaints from residents, I wrote to Corpus Christi Church on the 5th March 2021, explaining that the front of the Corpus Christi Church on Griffiths Drive Ashmore Park, was causing some health and safety problems. As the ‘spikey’ hedge was growing more and more into the footpath. I explained that the spikey leaves were scratching peoples faces, and were an impediment for parents with children.

I have had a response from the Parochial Church Council where they accept the situation needs dealing with. They explain that they “agree” that “this needs dealing with as a matter of some urgency.” I know with the Covid -19 difficulties that the Church has some real issues here, as Parishioners would normally deal with garden maintenance.

But I wanted residents to know that there is no denial of responsibility, it is a matter of getting it done within the Covid-19 regulations that have impeded the Church in dealing with this matter.

My plea to those walking on that popular footpath is please take care until the Church arrangements are carried out. I will of course continue to talk with the Church, if the delay starts to become extensive. We are in the Spring and one would expect the hedge to start growing even more swiftly.

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