Overgrown village path is cut back at last

At her wits end with the weeds is Laura Adamson. Photo by Gordon Fraser
At her wits end with the weeds is Laura Adamson. Photo by Gordon Fraser

A dispute between residents and a housing developer over the maintenance of a Gorebridge path appears to have been resolved.

Within 24 hours of being contacted by The Advertiser, Persimmon Homes East Scotland dispatched a team armed with strimmers to cut back the overgrown weeds next to Kirkhill Terrace.

Local resident Laura Adamson admitted she was “at the end of her tether” when she contacted the paper.

Attempts to raise the issue with Persimmon Homes had achieved little. In the first year, she called in to the local Persimmon Homes’ sales centre to request the grass and weeds to be cut back.

Last year, she called the centre four times and brought in Midlothian Council’s support. The weeds were cut back once.

Earlier this year Mrs Adamson went straight to the local authority which organised a site visit with the housing developer.

Contacted by The Advertiser earlier this week, Mrs Adandmson said: “They have been a strimmed it. It’s not brilliant.

“It is an awful state when you have to phone the local paper to get them to do the work. Do I have to do this every time?”

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “We work hard to maintain the areas in and around our sites that are our responsibility and have onsite maintenance teams that keep these areas neat and tidy.

“In the case of the pathway at Kirkhill Terrace our maintenance contractors have that location on their ongoing works schedule and were programmed to complete the work required imminently. However, we have brought these works forward and have tasked the maintenance team with tending to the overgrown areas immediately.”