Paths cleared as part of Winter Works programme


Council leader Ian Bowyer and Mike Leaves,Cabinet member for Street Scene

Radford Park is getting some seasonal TLC, courtesy of the Council’s Winter Works programme.

A team is in the park this week, cutting back overhanging paths, clearing dangerous branches that have come lose and making good paths edges which have become muddy.

​The Winter Works programme was launched last Autumn to give residents more of a say about improvements to the environment where they live.

Each ward is getting a week of action to tackle work put forward by all councillors after they have taken into account the views of their residents. The initiative concentrates on activities that do not form part of scheduled grounds maintenance works. This could include path edging, hot-power washing, painting, stream clearance, additional cutbacks of vegetation and additional weeding

Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for Street Scene said three members of staff have been committed to carry out work in each of the wards for a week over winter.

He said: “This area is much loved by local people, but some of the paths have become a bit overgrown, making it difficult for people to enjoy what’s on their doorstep.

“We can’t be everywhere at once, but through this programme all our ward councillors have the opportunity to work with the people they represent, to find out what is most important to them and do something about it.”

The Winter Works was launched on 25 September at Full Council, with work starting on 9 October in the leader’s ward of Eggbuckland. So far, 80 of these projects have been completed throughout the city.

In Southway, for instance, the team cleared and weeded all the paths and back alleys around the whole of Kinnaird Crescent. In Peverell, the shopping precinct on Segrave Road was spruced up and planters were cleared ready for new plants in the spring.

In Budshead five paths and alleyways were cleared of weeds and brambles and the bridge connecting Bodmin Road to Woodland Woods was made safer by clearing it of moss and weeds.

Winter Works was set up with the aim of all councillors identifying and directing priority work for their neighbourhood. As well as giving councillors the chance to direct work to be carried out, the project has helped address the niggly issues that residents would like to see included in the normal maintenance.

Council leader Ian Bowyer added: “We only have finite resources, but we feel strongly that encouraging all our councillors to work with their residents to tackle these gripes, not only improves all our neighbourhoods but strengthens the ties and builds up better working relationships between all our councillors and our residents.”

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