Lanarkshire resident launches website campaigning on grass mowing problem


A resident of Cumbernauld has launched a new website campaigning against cuts to grass cutting services by the North Lanarkshire Council.

The local authority’s budget decision to cut landscaping services has been criticized by residents – now Robert Pender, of Whitelees, has created a new website to try and highlight the problem.

Robert told Lanarkshire Live: “At the moment the main focus of the site is to resolve the situation caused by NLC’s decision to cut costs rather than weed.

“You may have noticed that there are areas of common ground in the Whitelees Road area where the grass is not cut.

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“Despite the fact that the council has maintained these areas for some 30 years since the estate was built, they have quietly announced that they will no longer do so, as the land apparently does not belong to them.

“We strongly believe that NLC should still maintain these areas, but something urgent needs to be done about it now.”

The site also highlights an issue where tall grass on the central Forest Road reserve was causing road safety issues by limiting the driver’s visibility, but only a small section of grass was cut while the other grass was cut. was untouched and is now over two feet tall.

Robert and a group of neighbors jointly pay for professional landscaping services, at least in the short term, following an unsuccessful attempt to cut the grass themselves which resulted in numerous bites from midges and others. insects living in the grass.

The group is hoping that more people will register on Robert’s website to help with this funding and help reduce individual costs.

Independent advisor Paddy Hogg (Cumbernauld East) told us: “These cuts in council grass mowing budgets are leaving some areas to become wildly overgrown.

“Robert has taken the time to create a website on this issue and is supported by many of his neighbors angry with the council leaving such a large area of ​​elongated uncut grass near the downhill slope from Whitelees Primary to the Robert’s house on the right down the hill.

“Then there’s also the issue of overgrown grass in the middle of Forest Rd as you exit Whitelees Rd and head to the recycling center near the A80.”

Councilor Hogg intends to bring a motion to the next plenary council meeting to restore lawn mowing services.

The head of the council, Councilor Jim Logue, said: “With £ 300million in cuts to the council’s budget since 2007, there are a lot of things the council has traditionally done that are no longer possible.

“Cutting grassy areas that are exclusively in private property is now part of it.

“I fully understand the residents’ frustrations on this matter, but the blame must lie solely with the SNP Edinburgh government which has continually passed catastrophic cuts to our council over the past 14 years.

“I’ve been saying for years that cuts to council are cuts to communities and unfortunately residents are now starting to see exactly what that means to them in their own communities.”

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