14ft high hedges in Welwyn Garden City cut back after Welwyn Hatfield Times gets involved

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 July 2013

Ken Halsey by the 14ft high hedges

Ken Halsey by the 14ft high hedges

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ANGER was growing over hedges which sprouted 14 feet high, blocking sunlight.

Ken Halsey by the 14ft high hedgesKen Halsey by the 14ft high hedges

The overgrown bushes at the corner of Knella Road and Salisbury Road, Welwyn Garden City, were a menace according to resident Ken Halsey.

Some of the foliage was said to have been allowed to reach ‘dizzying heights’.

Mr Halsey, 78, said he had been trying to get borough council chiefs to take his concerns seriously for “weeks and weeks”.

He also said a recent run-in with the hedges left him injured and “spitting blood”.

Ken Halsey by the 14ft high hedgesKen Halsey by the 14ft high hedges

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We’ve been on to the council for weeks and weeks.

“It’s so bad that when I got taken to hospital, both the ambulance man and I got smacked in the face. I was spitting blood.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We normally cut hedges in June and July, and our contractor Serco is still working its way round the borough.

“The hedges in question should be done by the end of this month. We have been to have a look at the hedges and have spoken to the resident and informed him of this.”

But the errant shrubbery was cut down on Monday after the WHT got involved.

Speaking after workers from Serco moved in Mr Halsey said he was relieved.

He added: “We’ve got a bit of daylight now.”

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