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Pensioners forced to cut their own grass

TAKING ACTION ... residents George Scott, left, and Billy Lascelles in their communal garden in Salem Street, Jarrow.

TAKING ACTION ... residents George Scott, left, and Billy Lascelles in their communal garden in Salem Street, Jarrow.

A GROUP of pensioners say they have been forced to cut the grass in a communal area after the council failed to give it a trim.

Elderly residents living in bungalows in Salem Street, Jarrow, say they are disgusted at the way the land shared by six properties has been left to grow out of control.

They say it has got so bad, some have taken to trying to cut it themselves just to make it easier for people to hang out their washing.

However, a large part of it has been left untouched as it is too much for the pensioners and their lawnmowers.

Billy Lascelles, 68, said: “The council are supposed to come out twice a year to cut the grass but they haven’t been out once.

“They can’t use the excuse this is supposed to be a wild meadow, as this is a communal area.

“People are struggling to hang out their washing and it’s now starting to grow over the path.”

George Scott, 75, said: “I’ve been in touch with my local councillor and still no joy.

“There’s one lady who can’t even see out her window.

“We have been able to cut some of the grass, but there are people living here in their 80s who can’t do it.

“It’s disgusting the council have allowed it to get this bad.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said it was investigating the issue.

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