Concern at ‘self-help’ policy on grass cutting

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 July 2015

Jean Harding and husband Derek pictured on the overgrown grass 'island' in Greenpark Road, which Devon County Council says should be cut with 'community self-help'.

Jean Harding and husband Derek pictured on the overgrown grass 'island' in Greenpark Road, which Devon County Council says should be cut with 'community self-help'.

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Elderly residents in Brixington have hit out at county chiefs for stopping grass cutting outside their homes.

Jean Harding, 79, of Greenpark Road, complained to Devon County Council that a large grass ‘island’ in the road in front of her house, around 40 metres across, had not been cut since March, with grass growing up to five feet high. She was outraged to receive a reply saying that following council cutbacks, the grass would no longer be cut, and that the council was: “Looking very much towards community self-help to make up the shortfall.”

Mrs Harding said she was appalled that she and her elderly neighbours had apparently been left to fend for themselves.

Mrs Harding said: “We are in bungalows, we are senior citizens. There is no way that we could go out there and deal with it.

“This letter is unbelievable. It’s a disgrace. People don’t see it – you don’t come down this road unless you live in it, so nobody sees it except the residents. Whoever cuts that needs to go out with a sturdy strimmer first. It could damage anyone’s lawnmower.

“It’s a blot on the landscape.”

The council has previously said that its self-help scheme is looking for volunteers to be trained to carry out minor highway works such as weed clearance, sign cleaning and grass cutting.

Regarding Greenpark Road, a council spokesman said: “We are not expecting the elderly to take on very laborious tasks, but what we are encouraging is community involvement only from those who are willing and able.”


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