These photos shows one of the grass-cutting problems we had last summer. This is a stretch of ground alongside Downhall Park Way, Rayleigh. When the council’s contractors went bust last year, it was treated by mistake as a rural ditch instead of as an urban verge. So it wasn’t being cut.
We pointed out that
a) there wasn’t much point having a council notice board if people couldn’t get close enough to read it
b) the long grass going to seed was pretty tiresome for all the keen gardeners on the other side of the road and
c) having a ditch concealed in all that grass wasn’t too safe, especially with a childrens play area nearby.
So the council began cutting it again.
We are now into a new growing season. We have checked again today and are assured it will be treated as an urban verge this year and be cut regularly. But if you think there’s a patch of grass near you that isn’t being cut properly, please let us know – the council officers are keen to get things right. And if you think the grass-cutters are doing a particularly good job, please let us know as well.