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‘Sort it out’ says Twitter user bidding to clear up Northampton

Anonymous Twitter user Northampton Proud has been busy posting a series of snaps showing maintenance issues around the outskirts of the town - including these of overgrown cycle lanes and submerged signs.

Anonymous Twitter user Northampton Proud has been busy posting a series of snaps showing maintenance issues around the outskirts of the town - including these of overgrown cycle lanes and submerged signs.

A mystery clean-up crusader has taken to Twitter in a bid to tidy up the green areas around Northampton’s suburbs.

The anonymous social media user, who goes by the call-sign ‘Northampton Proud’, says he is fed up of the landscape maintenance work being carried out in the outskirts of town - particularly in the Hunsbury area.

Now he is on a mission to photograph every overgrown hedge, area of uncut grass, damaged signpost, lamppost and lightbulb he sees to tweet the problem directly to both the borough and county councils in the hope of getting it fixed.

The mystery man, who does not want to be named, said: “I moved to this area about 12 years ago from London and it was beautifully maintained.

“But I’ve seen the area deteriorate - and someone has to do something about it before it gets to the point of no return.”

The proud Northamptonian, who runs a business in London, says he started the Twitter page, which only has a handful of followers at present, because he was getting frustrated that his complaints to the borough council and the county’s Street Doctor service were not being followed up on.

He has seen some problems acted on by council staff through his page posts.

His recent pictures focus on the NN4 area and show a sign light that he claims has been on permanently for five years on Hill Farm Rise and a nearby cycle lane that is inaccessible because of overgrown shrubbery.

Another snap shows a roundabout road sign invisible because it is submerged within overgrown trees.

The mystery crusader says the areas outside of the town are simply being neglected.

“People should be proud of their are and proud of where they live,” he said. “When you drive past the same overgrown things throughout the week, day after day, it just gets to you.”

The borough council have been contacted for a response.

 

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