03/09/2015 21:36:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I met with officers of the council and Quadron to discuss the issues regarding the grounds maintenance on Sanderstead Hill. Many residents have been in touch with me in relation to the way in which the grass on the bank was recently cut and the general condition of what is left of the grass. I am delighted to say that the following measures we will be put in place to try and improve the area. This will include a combination of actions on the banks and grassed areas; although the well established mature trees and the large canopy of shade created by these trees will cause issues for growth and weeds. The plan of action we agreed is as follows:-
Looking up the hill towards the roundabout.
· On the left hand side at the top of the verge weed and feed will be applied and the grass, raked over and seed and soil area. On the rest of the verge on the left hand side an application of a selective weed kill spray will be applied. Along the foot path the low branches will be lifted and trimed back along with some of the shrubs.
· On the right hand side (steep bank area) the weeds will be sprayed from the bottom of the bank and the top of the bank. This will not necessarily reach all but should have an impact. It has been agreed to allow the grass on the bank to grow longer by reducing the number of cuts to three times a year, which should help the ground cover.
· The forestry team will inspect any overhanging trees and consider if any pruning back is required on the roadside.
· The council also need to consider cutting back the very high hedge on the corner of Purley Downs Road in order for it to be maintained in the future. I have asked that the residents are informed before any work takes place explaining the council's intentions. This operation is likely to reduce this hedge both in width around 750mm and in height to a final height of around 1m and will initially look drastic but will recover in time. If this is not done the council will not be able to maintain the hedge due to the steep banks and lack of walkway from which to safely operate.
I am really pleased that officers have agreed to undertake this work to restore the area which is a real beauty spot in the heart of Sanderstead. The actual hill won architectural awards for its design, which in the 60's used to be called the cutting.
Pictured here Barry Lambton & Alan Brett with Quadron.