Authority is cautious on adopting site’s grassed area

The hedges around the Royal Park estate, Ramsey, which the commissioners have agreed to maintain

The hedges around the Royal Park estate, Ramsey, which the commissioners have agreed to maintain

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Ramsey Commissioners have decided against taking on landscaped grass areas in the Royal Park housing development site.

At their April public meeting, the authority rejected a proposal that would have it take responsibility for maintenance of landscaped areas while construction work still continues on the site in Ormly Fields, opposite the former Grand Island Hotel just north of the town.

It was also discovered that some areas had previously been infested with difficult-to-manage weeds.

Hartford Homes submitted a drawing indicating the areas that Ramsey Town Commissioners could adopt, including a boundary hedge with the existing Ormly Estate, which is bounded by the main estate road.

The developers had already been told it was unlikely the authority would adopt the hedge, as it does not have facilities to maintain hedgerows.

One other section was described as originally being an area of shrubs and bushes, however an inspection of the site revealed that – though it is now landscaped – it had been infested with ‘mares tail’, described as a ‘highly troublesome weed’ which is difficult to eradicate without removal of all plants and infected soil.

One commissioner said: ‘I’d like to visit the site with our head gardener to ensure the area is free from noxious weeds that we’ve had in the past. They have moved all the plants and grassed the area, which would make it easier.’

Graham Jones agreed: ‘I’m against adopting this area at the moment, until the roadway is top surfaced. We should not adopt this grassed area or the hedges.’

It was noted there are provisions to take on ‘problem areas’, though the authority decided not to consider taking on the Royal Park site until it is finished.

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