Nightmare of the long grass

Richard Smith who is furious the council haven't cut the grass on Caunce Street, close to his home, all year

Richard Smith who is furious the council haven't cut the grass on Caunce Street, close to his home, all year

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A resident in Layton says he is sick and tired of having to mow public land on nearby Caunce Street after the grass was left to grow, and grow, and grow.

Richard Smith has hit out at the local housing association for failing to send their gardeners out to Caunce Street for at least six months.

Mr Smith, of North Square, said he feared vermin and rubbish could be hiding in the “wilderness” the grassy area of the street has become after Blackpool Coastal Housing admitted their maintenance standards had recently slipped.

He took his own mower to the grass in a bid to help his neighbours – but said the housing association responsible should be doing the work they have been paid to do.

He told The Gazette: “I’m sick of telling the council the grass hasn’t been cut.

“The four pieces of grass on the corners of North and South Square on Caunce Street have not been cut for six months. I did the gardening for a lady across the road and the grass on the road was so high you could see 2ft less of her house. I had to cut the grass in front of her fence which belongs to the council.

“It looks like a wilderness.

“The housing association’s been paid to do the job, somebody has the contract – why has it not been done?”

Mr Smith said despite various complaints to Blackpool Council about the problem, he was still waiting for someone to come and tidy the street up.

Blackpool Coastal Housing have now promised to come and rectify the problem.

But Mr Smith said recently the grass had grown so long it had become a health and safety hazard.

He added: “A neighbour came and asked me to cut the grass because someone fell over in it because it was so long.

“It’s attracting vermin, there’s dog muck going in there and it could be full of bottles and syringes.

“They used to come and cut it once a month or every three weeks but now you never see them.”

Peter Jefferson, chief executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said the matter would now be resolved.

He added: “I’d like to thank Mr Smith for bringing this issue to our attention.

“We’ve recently changed the contractor who provides our grounds maintenance service and it appears during this transition standards have slipped below what we would expect. This area has been highlighted and the grass verges will now be cut on a fortnightly basis.”