Anger over grass verges in Darwen

First published in Darwen

PEOPLE living in a Darwen street have hit out at the state of grass verges outside their homes.

Some of the verges have been transformed into parking spaces for residents.

Twin Valley Homes carried out ‘hard landscaping’ outside a number of properties in Birch Hall Avenue.

But people living in homes where the verges were not developed say it is unfair.

And Darwen Town Council mayor Paul Browne said all the verges should be converted.

He said: “It is a real mess. But Twin Valley Homes say they can’t do them all as there are service pipes underneath.

“I don’t believe them. I think Twin Valley have just looked after the rented homes.

“People have been penalised for buying their homes.”

Former Darwen Town Councillor Stephen Potter, who lives in Birch Hall Avenue, said: “I spoke to a man from Twin Valley and he said they had stopped because they had run out of money.

“My fear for a long time has been emergency vehicles getting access with all the cars parked on the road.

“When the cars park on the grass they churn it up something chronic. It is like a mud bath at times.”

Ian Bell, head of housing at Twin Valley Homes, said: “As part of our tenant consultation, we have identified car parking as a major issue on Birch Hall Avenue.

“Blackburn with Darwen Council owns the land, not Twin Valley Homes, but we came to an agreement with the council to solve residents’ problems by spending more than £80,000 providing some parking bays in a first phase of improvements “We are currently investigating a second phase and are working with the council to identify where we can make further improvements.

“However, there are some technical issues we have to take into account, including where the utility services run and how close they are to the surface before we can give the go ahead.”

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7:56pm Sat 12 May 12

CapitaBackHander says...

Pardon? People are complaining that a private (in bed with council as is shown though!) company has not converted land outside their house which they or Twin Valley don't own?
They shouldn't have been allowed to do any of it by the sounds of it BUT at least non of my council tax was wasted.
Pardon? People are complaining that a private (in bed with council as is shown though!) company has not converted land outside their house which they or Twin Valley don't own? They shouldn't have been allowed to do any of it by the sounds of it BUT at least non of my council tax was wasted. CapitaBackHander
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8:09pm Sat 12 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Who is responsible for the murder of this innocent grass, they should put it back and scrap the cars that squash it.
Who is responsible for the murder of this innocent grass, they should put it back and scrap the cars that squash it. Keep Darwen Green
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8:10pm Sat 12 May 12

english rose 1 says...

Not sure what Paul Browne is doing poking his nose into problems in Earcroft ward when there are similar problems on estates in his own Sudell ward !
Not sure what Paul Browne is doing poking his nose into problems in Earcroft ward when there are similar problems on estates in his own Sudell ward ! english rose 1
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8:25pm Sat 12 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Theres too many cars on the roads in Darwen anyway, the council would be better suited to offer incentives for not having one, say a free bike or something. I'd need a car though as i live out in the hills and need it for my shopping, but those who live close to sainsbury's can carry it home.
Theres too many cars on the roads in Darwen anyway, the council would be better suited to offer incentives for not having one, say a free bike or something. I'd need a car though as i live out in the hills and need it for my shopping, but those who live close to sainsbury's can carry it home. Keep Darwen Green
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8:44pm Sat 12 May 12

CapitaBackHander says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Theres too many cars on the roads in Darwen anyway, the council would be better suited to offer incentives for not having one, say a free bike or something. I'd need a car though as i live out in the hills and need it for my shopping, but those who live close to sainsbury's can carry it home.
Not sure how a free bike would be an incentive. I have a bike and a car like many.
The best incentive would be good and free public transport but that will never happen! Morons think that trams are a good idea (they disappeared for ages - clue!) and Manchester is brought to a standstill DAILY one ONE breaks down.
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Theres too many cars on the roads in Darwen anyway, the council would be better suited to offer incentives for not having one, say a free bike or something. I'd need a car though as i live out in the hills and need it for my shopping, but those who live close to sainsbury's can carry it home.[/p][/quote]Not sure how a free bike would be an incentive. I have a bike and a car like many. The best incentive would be good and free public transport but that will never happen! Morons think that trams are a good idea (they disappeared for ages - clue!) and Manchester is brought to a standstill DAILY one ONE breaks down. CapitaBackHander
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9:27pm Sat 12 May 12

Scooby says...

Lucky Darwen has its own council who I'm sure can step in and do something useful..??
Lucky Darwen has its own council who I'm sure can step in and do something useful..?? Scooby
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9:32pm Sat 12 May 12

foxy lass says...

Get a job and pay for improvement work to your houses, fronts and gardens like the rest of us have to. Take, take take. Our taxes go up, and the others keep on holding their hands out for more.
Get a job and pay for improvement work to your houses, fronts and gardens like the rest of us have to. Take, take take. Our taxes go up, and the others keep on holding their hands out for more. foxy lass
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11:34am Sun 13 May 12

BuckoTheMoose says...

"People have been penalised for buying thier homes"?? Rubbish.

If you chose to become homeowners you also chose to take on maintenance and improvements.

Get your wallets out and come to your own arrangement with the council.

Why does everyone have thier hands out these days?
"People have been penalised for buying thier homes"?? Rubbish. If you chose to become homeowners you also chose to take on maintenance and improvements. Get your wallets out and come to your own arrangement with the council. Why does everyone have thier hands out these days? BuckoTheMoose
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12:26pm Tue 15 May 12

milano says...

And Darwen Town Council mayor Paul Browne said all the verges should be converted.
He said: “It is a real mess. But Twin Valley Homes say they can’t do them all as there are service pipes underneath. “I don’t believe them. I think Twin Valley have just looked after the rented homes.
“People have been penalised for buying their homes.”
Oh well then if the Mayor doesn't believe them well they must be lying! Twin Valley have anloy looked after the rented properties? Doh isn't that what they are supposed to do? Penalised for buying their home? You don't buy a home
then expect the last owner to pay for a parking bay! What a plonker!
And Darwen Town Council mayor Paul Browne said all the verges should be converted. He said: “It is a real mess. But Twin Valley Homes say they can’t do them all as there are service pipes underneath. “I don’t believe them. I think Twin Valley have just looked after the rented homes. “People have been penalised for buying their homes.” Oh well then if the Mayor doesn't believe them well they must be lying! Twin Valley have anloy looked after the rented properties? Doh isn't that what they are supposed to do? Penalised for buying their home? You don't buy a home then expect the last owner to pay for a parking bay! What a plonker! milano
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