A MAN who campaigned for more than a year to get land near his house 'properly maintained' by Vale Royal Borough Council says he still believes Winsford is treated as a 'secondary town' in the borough.
Nathaniel Ramanaden, of Collingtree Avenue, Winsford, first called on the council to cut grass and clear litter from open spaces outside his house in June 2005, claiming the area had become a fire hazard and haven for yobs.
The council finally undertook the work last month, but Mr Ramanaden is furious it was not done sooner.
He said: 'The problem of open spaces is a saga of epic proportions with Vale Royal. It is true that the work has finally been done, but it took over a year - and even then only after I chased the matter up again in July.
'It was covered in litter, with waist-high weeds and in a hot month like July it could have led to a terrible fire. As it was, I had to chase groups of boys off who were trying to light fires down there. I am in my 60s and should not have to deal with yobs.'
Vale Royal Borough Council told Mr Ramanaden that the land was unadopted and would have to be adopted before its officers could carry out any maintenance work.
A spokeswoman said: 'We are currently undertaking procedures to legally adopt the land from Woodrow, who owned it previously, and in anticipation of this, we tidied the area. Its ongoing maintenance has been scheduled into our program of works.'
But Mr Ramanaden is uncon-
vinced that the land will be kept in good condition. He said: 'Winsford seems to be a secondary town in
the eyes of Vale Royal Borough Council. Just look at Kingsmead, which is always spick and span.
Why can't Vale Royal do the same for us? It just seems to be a permanent battle to get things done.'