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'Ridiculous' long grass is 'serious danger' for A5 drivers

Uncut grass on a central reservation of the A5 dual carriageway is a 'serious danger' for motorists and residents, it has been claimed.


The grass on the reservation, on Watling Street in New Town, Brownhills has not been cut since last year and Mrs Sylvia Jackson says the problem is a nightmare for residents.

She claims the road is already a problem for those living nearby due to heavy traffic and speeding vehicles and that the overgrown grass issue 'needs fixing' for their safety and to prevent a potential accident.

She said: "It is absolutely ridiculous, this is a serious danger and it is so easy to solve.

"I have complained to Highways England on June 10 but nothing has been done about it yet.

"The road gets so busy at times, it is full not just with cars but lorries and vans.

"Those of us who live here are used to the grass problem now and we know our way around it, but we still have to be careful.

"People who don't live here aren't going to know what to do, so that could cause a serious problem.

"It needs fixing and I don't know why it hasn't been done yet."

Mrs Jackson says that the problem is one of many for residents living next to the dual carriageway, on the border of Walsall and Staffordshire, face.

She expressed her concerns about litter and speeding, claiming she felt as though the town had 'fallen off the map' due its location on the border.

She said: "We are right on the border and it feels like we have fallen off the map.

"We have this overgrown grass on the reservation, litter is dropped everywhere from motorists and the cars are going by at such speed, it is a worry, especially for parents, because children have to walk by such a busy road."

Mrs Jackson is used to fighting for change after battling through a nine year campaign to get a reduction in emissions from Castings paint dipping plant in Lichfield Road in the late 80s and early 90s.

She insists that she will not let this matter rest until the grass is cut.

She said: "You have to fight around here to get what you want, you just have to be persistent and keep on top of it."

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