Resident: Path at back of our homes is an absolute joke

SUDBURY: Resisdents of Mountbatten Road, Sudbury, outside the pathway which has been totally blocked off as the grass hasn't been cut and bushes cut back so now people can't even open their back gates to go cycling, take dogs out for walks on nearby fields. The path has now been cut but most of the path is still difficult to access, pictured from left Stephanie Tychowski, Carla Pilgrim and Tracy Pilgrim. ANL-140909-171554009
SUDBURY: Resisdents of Mountbatten Road, Sudbury, outside the pathway which has been totally blocked off as the grass hasn't been cut and bushes cut back so now people can't even open their back gates to go cycling, take dogs out for walks on nearby fields. The path has now been cut but most of the path is still difficult to access, pictured from left Stephanie Tychowski, Carla Pilgrim and Tracy Pilgrim. ANL-140909-171554009

A Sudbury resident has vented his frustration at being unable to access nearby fields due to an overgrown path to the rear of his house.

Phil Pilgrim lives with his wife Tracy and 25-year-old daughter Carla in Mountbatten Road.

He used to take his two dogs, Marley and Jasper, for walks on nearby fields using the pathway between the back of his property and the Woodhall Business Park, but has been prevented from doing so by overgrown grass and bushes that need to be cut back.

The out-of-control shrubbery has stopped neighbours from being able to open their back gates to get to the path, and it is now so bad that dog walkers cannot use it to access the fields.

“It’s an absolute joke,” said Mr Pilgrim. “We can’t get our bikes out and I can’t get the lawnmower out.”

The 50-year-old bin man has tried to clear the area along with his neighbours but failed as they cannot even get their equipment through their blocked gates to do the work themselves.

“I’ve cut it back in the past but I can’t get out there to do it,” he said. “I can’t control it.

“I have called the council three times and I just get told it is on the list of things to do.”

He added that several neighbours had also complained but had been given the same response.

“We shouldn’t have to wait 10 weeks – it’s a public footpath,” he said.

Mr Pilgrim said that, in the past, council workers had cut back part of the grass and weeds running alongside the pathway, but would leave other parts to become an untamed wilderness.

“I don’t think they’ve got the resources to get down there,” said Mr Pilgrim.

A spokesman for Babergh District Council said a grounds maintenance contractor would be sent to inspect the path in the coming days.

He said they would cut back any overgrowth to ensure there is a clear path, including access to the residential properties.