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Calls to cut away roadside verges way over the top

Published 08/07/2015

Your article about roadside verges (News, July 2) fails to address some relevant aspects of the problem.

If drivers had complained you would, no doubt, have said so and certainly my experience is that sight-lines have rarely if ever been obstructed by grass. The picture you published certainly shows plenty of visibility at that corner.

The wholesale cutting of all roadside grass would be another example of the destruction of wildlife habitat that is so prevalent.

All that is needed is a little trimming of the verges to prevent grass from encroaching on the road and, possibly, the topping of long grass that affects sightlines.

This would be much cheaper than the work that would appear to be recommended by those quoted in your article and would probably also prevent criticism by tourists, about whom I think you are worrying quite unnecessarily.

CLEM SHAW

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