“Unruly” area by river in Norton to be tackled

Councillor David Lloyd-Williams

Councillor David Lloyd-Williams

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NORTON Town Council is to investigate ways of keeping a riverbank and park area tidy.

Councillors had expressed concern that it was become unsightly and overgrown and was in need of a general tidy-up.

The river area and park belongs to the town council and the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate, although it has been maintained by the town council.

Councillor Hugh Spencer said he had planted a number of wildflowers by the flood wall three years ago.

“The river bank area is now so overgrown you can hardly see the river or the fishing platforms which are obscured by the dreaded Himalayan balsam,” he said.

“I do not think any sensible environmentalist would defend the river as it is at the moment as it is so unruly.”

Councillor David Lloyd-Williams said he thought the old-fashioned way of using a larger strimmer to cut back the weeds would work.

“It would make the riverbank look so much better and enable people to see the river,” he said.

Councillors ruled out spraying the area as they felt this would be too severe and damage other plants but agreed to obtain a couple of quotes for strimming the area.

“The answer is a regular cutting programme of about four times a year to prevent the balsam flowering and seeding,” Coun Spencer said.

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9:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

concerned malton says...

At last!
I wrote a letter in the Gazette a couple of years ago to say just the same. Its a disgrace not being able to see our beautiful river - just overgrown weeds and its also dangerous as at the moment you can't even see the edge of the river bank. Would it not be cheaper for the council to buy its own strimmer and get some of those councillors of their a.......s!
At last! I wrote a letter in the Gazette a couple of years ago to say just the same. Its a disgrace not being able to see our beautiful river - just overgrown weeds and its also dangerous as at the moment you can't even see the edge of the river bank. Would it not be cheaper for the council to buy its own strimmer and get some of those councillors of their a.......s! concerned malton
  • Score: 3

9:34am Thu 28 Aug 14

Peterwalker says...

concerned malton wrote:
At last!
I wrote a letter in the Gazette a couple of years ago to say just the same. Its a disgrace not being able to see our beautiful river - just overgrown weeds and its also dangerous as at the moment you can't even see the edge of the river bank. Would it not be cheaper for the council to buy its own strimmer and get some of those councillors of their a.......s!
'Councillors' are not responsible for the formulation or implementation of Environment Agency policy!
[quote][p][bold]concerned malton[/bold] wrote: At last! I wrote a letter in the Gazette a couple of years ago to say just the same. Its a disgrace not being able to see our beautiful river - just overgrown weeds and its also dangerous as at the moment you can't even see the edge of the river bank. Would it not be cheaper for the council to buy its own strimmer and get some of those councillors of their a.......s![/p][/quote]'Councillors' are not responsible for the formulation or implementation of Environment Agency policy! Peterwalker
  • Score: -4

6:02pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Maltonian says...

So much lost opportunity on the river side in Malton / Norton. Sympathetic development, narrow boats, moorings, a park, etc. It only needs vision and money. Both are in short supply unfortunately.
So much lost opportunity on the river side in Malton / Norton. Sympathetic development, narrow boats, moorings, a park, etc. It only needs vision and money. Both are in short supply unfortunately. Maltonian
  • Score: 3
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