Shrewsbury Park Residents' Association
owned kerb-side verge maintenance position statement
Dear fellow resident,
statement has been prepared further to discussions at the Associationís 2011
Annual General Meeting and Committee meetings.
Association Committee does not support the idea that the Association should
organise residents to undertake maintenance and litter picking of the
Council-maintained roadside shrub beds, greens and verges.
feels that it should explain its position on these matters and the rationale for
Residents are paying for these basic street services to be provided in their
Council Tax. Residents would therefore be undertaking services that they
are already paying for.
unlikely that residents working on the public roadway would be able to
comply with the relevant legislation or have the necessary high-visibility
clothing or other required equipment.
organised the work, the Residents Association would have a responsibility
for any residents that were hurt or injured or if vehicles or property were
For health and safety reasons, the local Safer Neighbourhood's Police Team has advised the
Residents' Association Committee that it should not be organising residents
to be working on kerb-side verges and greens etc., on or adjacent to the
organised the work, the Residents Association would be exposing residents to
entirely avoidable hazards and risk and could potentially be in breach of
any duty of care owed to residents.
Association could comply with legislation and advice, it would then need to
fund an insurance policy to cover this work paid for from the annual
Association has worked very hard to put in place improved maintenance
arrangements with the Council to provide these street services.
would significantly weaken the Associationís position in its dealings with
the Royal Borough in putting in place and keeping to an acceptable
Council has an on-line system to report litter or other street defects and
the Association is happy to report issues raised by residents. The response
to reported litter or graffiti has generally been effective.
Council has traditionally maintained the shrub beds and verges to a high
standard until comparatively recently. It is the Associationís role and aim
to restore these standards.
Association organised working parties it would lead the Royal Borough to
gradually withdraw its service provision, not increase it.
Estate-wide consistent appearance would be compromised.
initial enthusiasm might reduce in the face of the scale and regularity of
the tasks on a year round basis.
Residents lead increasingly busy lives and it is not the Associationís role
to increase the burden on residents.
Residents move away, leaving those remaining with a legacy of additional
maintenance with Council Tax staying at the same level.
current Association Committeeís position is unchanged from all previous
In summary, the
Associationís role is to ensure those responsible for carrying out the
maintenance of the Estate do so and not for organising already hard-working
residents into Ďwork-aroundí arrangements to cover these activities.
wishes to stress that it is not its intention to hold-back good neighbourliness
and public spiritedness.
If residents do
have a few hours to spare for horticultural work, they may like to offer to
assist an elderly neighbour or other resident living on the Estate who would
appreciate help with maintaining their gardens.
Association Committee is not ethically or legally able to give consent or
implied consent by organising residents to work on public roads with power and
hand tools and adjacent to moving and parked cars etc.. However, if residents
choose, of their own volition, to pick up a piece of litter from their hedge as
they pass, this is the choice of, and at the discretion of, the individual
Shrewsbury Park Residentsí Association