‘Let districts mow the grass’

Councillor Mike Barton unhappy with the length the grass is growing on Chesterfield Road South.
Councillor Mike Barton unhappy with the length the grass is growing on Chesterfield Road South.

A Mansfield councillor is calling on leaders at Nottinghamshire County Council to return responsibility for grass cutting to the district authority, following scores of complaints from residents.

Mansfield district councillor Mick Barton (pictured) said he has received over 50 complaints from people in the area about long grass on verges around the town, since the county council resumed the responsibility for mowing this year.

The call comes after Mansfield and Ashfield residents contacted Chad to complain that the county council had failed to cut verges once in the area this year, with some people reporting grass up to three feet high around Berry Hill.

“When Mansfield District Council was responsible for cutting the grass verges we were committed to 12 cuts throughout the mowing season,” Coun Barton said.

“The county council has said they will do between four and five, and so far they haven’t even done one. Somebody has made a big mistake here and I want Mansfield to get back to looking how it should.

“They just don’t have the capacity to carry out this service and they should pay the district to do it again on their behalf, so we can do the job properly.

“I would like everyone from Mansfield to get on their phones and complain to the county council until they come up here and sort the problem out.”

Last week, Chad reported how after the recent warm weather, residents were getting in touch to complain about the long grass on verges.

Mike Peach (69), of Woodside Avenue, Berry Hill said: “The grass is up to about three feet high now in a nearby twitchell and on verges around the estate.”

A county council spokesman said grounds staff worked over last weekend and will work through coming weekends to tackle the problem around Mansfield.

The authority declined to comment on calls to return responsibility for mowing the verges to Mansfield District Council.