Complaints growing as fast as grass

Complaints growing as fast as grass

Uncut grass at the Millards Close play area

Uncut grass at the Millards Close play area

More uncut grass at Wiltshire Drive

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Anger is growing across Wiltshire almost as quickly as the county’s grass, as more residents voice their frustrations over uncut grass.

People in Hilperton have complained about the state of the Millards Close play area and neighbours now bringtheir own strimmers to tackle the 3ft grass.

Chris Holton visits with daughter Grace, three. He said: “I contacted the council last year when it was bad and they said it would never happen again, but now it’s massively overgrown again”

The Wiltshire Times has also been contacted by residents complaining about the state of grass verges and public parks on Cloford Close, off Broadmead, the Long-meadow Estate, and on Wiltshire Drive, off the A363.

Resident Paul Christie said: “There’s a green field area off Wiltshire Drive where the grass is pretty much above my knees.

“I do appreciate they have got issues, but part of our council tax payment is for communal areas to be cut.

“If it’s not cut regularly I will ring them up to say I am not paying my council tax bill until you cut my grass.”

Tell us where the grass isn’t being cut. Email acare@wiltshiretimes.co.uk

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5:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Blanche Terraine says...

Remember this at the next council election. Remember it is the council which is responsible for cutting the grass and looking after public amenities. Don't allow the council to blame the contractor as though they have nothing to do with it. The council is a disgrace.
Remember this at the next council election. Remember it is the council which is responsible for cutting the grass and looking after public amenities. Don't allow the council to blame the contractor as though they have nothing to do with it. The council is a disgrace. Blanche Terraine
  • Score: 7

5:39pm Thu 12 Jun 14

melkshamwizard says...

its not only the grass cutting its the state of the roads ,i reported a large pot hole in April its still there,yet they resurfaced a side road in Melksham that wasn't to bad,think a councillor must live down that road,
its not only the grass cutting its the state of the roads ,i reported a large pot hole in April its still there,yet they resurfaced a side road in Melksham that wasn't to bad,think a councillor must live down that road, melkshamwizard
  • Score: 9

10:48pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Mrsp1000 says...

I agree, we should withhold payments until the work is done. The traffic circles are so dangerous.
I agree, we should withhold payments until the work is done. The traffic circles are so dangerous. Mrsp1000
  • Score: 3

5:40am Fri 13 Jun 14

politepanda says...

anyone SEEN THE Lackham/Lacock roundabout?? Last time I was there the grass seemed to be about 6ft high......
anyone SEEN THE Lackham/Lacock roundabout?? Last time I was there the grass seemed to be about 6ft high...... politepanda
  • Score: 5

9:02am Fri 13 Jun 14

frankie007 says...

politepanda wrote:
anyone SEEN THE Lackham/Lacock roundabout?? Last time I was there the grass seemed to be about 6ft high......
You'll soon need a flunky walking in front with a machete if you want to drive to Chippenham
[quote][p][bold]politepanda[/bold] wrote: anyone SEEN THE Lackham/Lacock roundabout?? Last time I was there the grass seemed to be about 6ft high......[/p][/quote]You'll soon need a flunky walking in front with a machete if you want to drive to Chippenham frankie007
  • Score: 8

9:30am Fri 13 Jun 14

Username under construction says...

A 1 metre by 60 metre strip of grass opposite my house has not been cut this year despite assurances from the central highways team that it is on their rota. It's now about 4 ft high and riddle with weeds, its a complete eyesore. I have emailed them 4 times now and get the same empty promises each time they reply....... They are a complete joke and in any other organisation someone would be sacked !
A 1 metre by 60 metre strip of grass opposite my house has not been cut this year despite assurances from the central highways team that it is on their rota. It's now about 4 ft high and riddle with weeds, its a complete eyesore. I have emailed them 4 times now and get the same empty promises each time they reply....... They are a complete joke and in any other organisation someone would be sacked ! Username under construction
  • Score: 4

10:02pm Sun 15 Jun 14

brandx says...

Councillor John Thomson is the responsible Cabinet member. He awarded the contract to Balfour Beatty.
Councillor John Thomson is the responsible Cabinet member. He awarded the contract to Balfour Beatty. brandx
  • Score: 0

6:19pm Mon 16 Jun 14

politepanda says...

brandx wrote:
Councillor John Thomson is the responsible Cabinet member. He awarded the contract to Balfour Beatty.
Yes - and he has just appeared in a new article stating that the service from Balfour B has fallen below that expected - and that the council may withhold payment in relation to sub-0standard areas.
So - where was Mr T - having awarded BB the contract - when they went cap in hand to the council to say that they needed more dosh - that they'd had to make people redundant because there wasn't enough cash to go around and they needed more?? (Let's say nothing about the glossy tender Mr T. must have fallen for, hook line & sinker!!) On holiday?
And where was he when they failed consistently across the board after that - too busy with corporate lunches and back-patting/brown nosing affairs?
He states they "performed well during the floods". Whooppee-do.
MAKE them meet their commitments Mr T.
Or find someone who can.
And the threat to withhold payment? Just a blind to persuade the general public NOT to withhold payment.
[quote][p][bold]brandx[/bold] wrote: Councillor John Thomson is the responsible Cabinet member. He awarded the contract to Balfour Beatty.[/p][/quote]Yes - and he has just appeared in a new article stating that the service from Balfour B has fallen below that expected - and that the council may withhold payment in relation to sub-0standard areas. So - where was Mr T - having awarded BB the contract - when they went cap in hand to the council to say that they needed more dosh - that they'd had to make people redundant because there wasn't enough cash to go around and they needed more?? (Let's say nothing about the glossy tender Mr T. must have fallen for, hook line & sinker!!) On holiday? And where was he when they failed consistently across the board after that - too busy with corporate lunches and back-patting/brown nosing affairs? He states they "performed well during the floods". Whooppee-do. MAKE them meet their commitments Mr T. Or find someone who can. And the threat to withhold payment? Just a blind to persuade the general public NOT to withhold payment. politepanda
  • Score: 1

6:35pm Mon 16 Jun 14

politepanda says...

Seems our comments on Mr T's article aren't wanted....
Seems our comments on Mr T's article aren't wanted.... politepanda
  • Score: 1

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