‘Long grass is bringing our community down’

'IT LOOKS DEPRESSING ' ... resident Julie Brash at the Woodbine Estate.
'IT LOOKS DEPRESSING ' ... resident Julie Brash at the Woodbine Estate.

PEOPLE living on a South Shields estate feel they have been kicked into the long grass.

Residents on the Woodbine Estate have spoken out at the lack of regular grass cutting of verges and communal gardens.

Uncut grass around the Woodbine Estate.

Uncut grass around the Woodbine Estate.

The grass was previously cut every two weeks but residents say it has been seven weeks since some areas have seen any work done.

Today a council spokesman said grass on non-wildflower meadows was cut “roughly every two weeks”.

And they confirmed that grass cutting on the Woodbine estate would be carried out this week.

But a perceived lack of action is “bringing the community down”, according to resident Julie Brash.

Miss Brash has lived on the estate for all but two of her 49 years.

And she believes the inaction is lowering the tone of the area and creating a “depressing” environment.

Miss Brash said: “Normally we’d expect the grass to be cut every two weeks, but it has been seven weeks now and we just don’t know why.

“There is one young couple on the estate who have been trying to sell their house and they have bombarded the council with e-mails and phone calls, but no one is getting back to them.

“People sometimes give the Woodbine Estate a bad name, but there are a lot of good people who live here, and, although I can’t speak for everyone, this is bringing the area down. It makes the estate look so depressing.

“It’s particularly depressing because this was an area that was once so well kept. I have dogs and I cut my own communal garden, but others haven’t been cut by the contractors for several weeks.

“It seems very odd to me that the Woodbine is not getting done and Mile End Road is. We seem to getting bypassed.”

A council spokesman added: “In non-wildflower meadows areas, we continue to operate a 15 cuts per year grass-cutting service and this takes place roughly every two weeks, beginning late March to October.

“Certain weather conditions will mean grass grows more quickly than usual and can look overgrown in a short space of time.”

The council says that as a result of the warm weather and wet spring and very dry early summer this year, grass growth has been significant, and additional resources have been deployed to try to keep it at an acceptable height.

But it says that further into the year, when the rate of grass growth slows down, outstanding issues will be resolved.

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