Maintenance of Railway Terrace Embankment and Surrounding Paths
Railway Terrace embankment in Elton, Bury was improved in 2000 by Bury Council changing the railway to a cycle path. They have planted trees on the path which are now overgrown and need trimming as they are taking light from the terrace houses down below. The embankment and paths surrounding Railway Terrace are overgrown with Himalayan Balsam and brambles which are now seeding themselves in the street's gardens. Bury Council have said there is no maintenance regime at this time or planned in the future for the area. The embankment is full of this plant and litter and is now attracting rats to the area. The public paths are slippery, overgrown and dangerous underfoot especially in winter. There is not much lighting down the front of the street and if the area is not maintained regularly it can be very dark and unnerving when walking up the street alone to our front doors or indeed along the path and under the tunnel up to Bolton Road. Children use this front path to go to and from St Gabriels High School every day and with the dark mornings and the evenings approaching safety is an issue. Bury Council are responsible for this land under the Land Registry. The council say they have no money.
We, the undersigned, petition Bury Council to regularly maintain the embankment, trees, pathways and surrounding areas close to Railway Terrace, Elton.