Thanks for Wiltshire Times as grass-bound Trowbridge youngsters can play again (From This Is Wiltshire)
Thanks for Wiltshire Times as grass-bound Trowbridge youngsters can play again
Updated 4:53pm Friday 6th June 2014 in By Andy Baber, Senior reporter for Trowbridge
Willtshire Council’s highways contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places has come under fire again for uncut grass.
And the Wiltshire Times was thanked for helping improve the situation.
Mother Lizzy Griffin, who lives next to Stallard Recreation Ground in Linden Place, Trowbridge, took her sons Sam, six, and Max, five, to the park last Friday, but the grass was so long they were unable to ride their bikes.
It is the latest in a series of complaints about the performance of Balfour Beatty over the past month, with residents and councillors complaining about cemeteries, grass verges and parks around the town.
Mrs Griffin said: “We have never seen it like that in the eight years we’ve been here.
"My boys want to ride their bikes, but can’t do it as the grass is too long. Something needs to be done about it.”
Today, after the Balfour Beatty team had visited, she said: "Sam and Max are over the moon to be able to play in the newly cut Stallards field.
"Thanks to the team at the WT for the extra push that was needed to get the job done!"
Trowbridge and Wiltshire councillors Graham Payne and Jeff Osborn say they are still being inundated with complaints about uncut grass.
Cynthia Berryman, who took her great grandson Harley, two, to the recreation ground on Sunday, said: “The grass was so high it almost reached the level of the park wall. It’s disgraceful and it’s not just the park, as there are overgrown grass verges all around Trowbridge.”
The Wiltshire Times has also received complaints this week about uncut grass at Hilperton Cemetery, a green area in Bridge Avenue and Drynham Park Play Area.
A Wiltshire Council spokeman said: “Balfour Beatty has apologised to the council that grass cutting around the Trowbridge area has not been maintained to a sufficiently high standard, and has deployed extra teams urgently to put this right in the face of exceptionally wet weather conditions.”
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