Cheltenham's pavement could see walkers slip on fallen leaves.
CONCERNS are growing that elderly people could slip on the fallen leaves that have taken over Cheltenham's pavements.
The town's many mature trees brighten up streets, but one councillor is worried the falling leaves become a hazard.
She said the council did not have the resources to sweep all pavements.
Councillor Barbara Driver (Cons, Lansdown) previously raised fears that Cheltenham Borough Council could be liable against compensation claims if walkers slipped.
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She said: "It is not just Pittville where you would expect it, it's all across Cheltenham.
"The council won't do anything until all the leaves have fallen, then they clear out the pavements and the gutters.
"But it will become a big problem when it blocks the drains and the leaves can get so slippery when they get wet.
"Certainly in my area, leaves are just left on the pavements and in the gutters.
"There are not enough staff and equipment to do the job and it is unsatisfactory as it is.
"It is something Cheltenham Borough Council's cabinet has to get a grip on and get the man power and equipment into good use."
A council spokesman said the borough's leaves would be cleared.
John Marcer, environmental maintenance officer at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "Our four litter clearance teams are now prioritising leaf collection in collaboration with the three mechanical sweepers.
"As leaf fall is dependent on the type of tree and the weather, our leaf collection priorities change on a daily basis.
"We do have an extra team using specialist leaf collection equipment working in the more heavily inundated areas.
"At this time of year we also work with residents and resident associations to help clear heavily parked streets of cars to clear gutters and the tops of drains."
Hatherley Park is one area where the council is working with the community to get the leaves swept.
The Friends of the Park are teaming up with council officers tomorrow.
Chairman of the group, Lorna Robson, said fallen leaves could cause problems to grass areas.
She said: "When the leaves fall on the ground and it gets wet, the grass underneath turns to mush and you get large, bare patches of mud."