HEDGES NARROW PAVEMENTS AND CAUSE PROBLEMS.
Using pavements in Shawlands is hard enough with all the dog mess (see my rant on this), but it has to be said that the next biggest hazard is overgrown or untended hedges!
I feel sorry for all the small children and parents at Langside Primary School, for that is a busy junction with Millwood Street, and the hedges on both sides of this street are usually very overgrown indeed, right the way along Tantallon road in both directions.
Mind you, it could be worse were it not for Shawlands’ wide pavements — indeed it is probably worse in other areas, particularly Strathbungo, where things are more cramped.
The problem with Strathbungo is that the pavement has an unusably small width to begin with. The roads are very narrow too — just enough room for a single car going one way! If hedges get out of control (and they do), then people have no choice but to resort to walking in the middle of the road!
- How do we solve this problem? — after all it is an inconsiderate neighbour, a bad resident and a selfish and inconsiderate person that is causing the problem… not a local authority or faceless corporation!
Whether it be Drumchapel, Yoker, or parts of the West End — indeed anywhere where the pavement is narrow, it is such a shame to see mums having to push buggies and prams through the overgrowth, or worse, moving away and onto the road to avoid them.
If we could raise awareness of this situation, then one day maybe hedge-owners would be more considerate towards the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, kids on trikes, and mums with prams who have to use the pavement and would simply like to use as much of it as possible!