1)We’ve been receiving complaints about the pavements in Fore Street, Woodway Street, Clifford Street, New Exeter Street and Old Exeter Street being impassable for wheelchairs and buggy-users on bins collection day. This is not a problem unique to Chudleigh. It is shared by towns like Bovey Tracey, Ashburton and Moretonhampstead where the pavements are narrow and there is no scope to widen them. For the most part this is not wholly solvable. Residents leave out their bins before they go to work and are often unable to get them off the pavement until they return from work. TDC will be asking the refuse teams to leave the bins and boxes as neatly positioned as they can. We will be writing to residents in the streets in question asking them to get bins off the street as quickly as they can after collection – perhaps using the assistance of a neighbour if they are at work.
2)As County Council budgets become ever more stretched the Highways team have had to cease carrying out those tasks that, whilst aesthetically pleasing, are not essential to highways safety. An example of this is verge cutting. They now only cut visibility splays which led to a situation where half a verge was cut four times a year and the rest left uncut. Consequently, the Town Council decided to take over the cutting of verges so that the whole verge is cut four times during the growing season. Another task that the County Council needed to drop is the spraying of weeds in pavements and road edges. We are currently talking to a contractor to see if we can reintroduce this service.