Council 'hypocrites' blasted over Acton grass cutting request


Rory Sheehan

A COUNCIL tenant has bemoaned “council hypocrisy” after the authority told him the grass in his garden was too long and to cut it.

Phillip Douglas, who lives in a council property in Maple Avenue, Acton, was astonished when a tenancy inspector told him the grass in his back garden was unkempt.

The routine property assessment was undertaken on Thursday – a week after the council announced plans to cut another £200,000 from the grass cutting budget for its next financial year. Discussions on the proposal were deferred at last Tuesday’s executive board meeting.

The 2015-16 planned cuts came on top of savings in this year’s ground maintenance spending which has seen some council-kept grassed areas down from eight cuts a year to just two.

Mr Douglas, 65, said: “It’s absolutely ludicrous and totally hypocritical at a time when they are reducing grass cuts everywhere else to save money.

“I’ve lived here 10 years and never had any problems like this, but I’ve been told they are going to report it back to the tenancy enforcement officer.

“It’s a box-ticking exercise and we’re wasting money on this sort of thing when the council is trying to save £45 million and can’t afford to cut its own grass in public places.

“I dispute that it is overgrown anyway – it is only about one-and-a-half inches long, whereas some of the grass on their land elsewhere regularly goes way over that.”

A spokesman for Wrexham Council said: “The purpose of home visits is to establish that tenancy conditions are being adhered to or in response to a complaint from other residents.”

Earlier this week the Leader reported the story of Rossett resident Kirit Champaneria, 52, who has joined forces with neighbours and made a decision to mow council green areas themselves. He was pictured in knee-deep grass in Broadoaks, near Darland High School.

Meanwhile Paul Roberts wrote to the Leader to say: “I approach the old Lego building used by WCBC nowadays and admire how well maintained the building looks but more importantly how the grassed areas around the building look remarkably neat and tidy, in times of austerity.

“Twenty metres further up the road, which is one of the ‘gateways’ to Wrexham, what do we see?

“Grass up to your hips.”

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