On the verge of despair
Our story about grass verges left to grow wild prompted a huge response from readers.
We received dozens of letters in support of Pt Chevalier resident Vasati Stringer.
Mrs Stringer put a sign outside her Pt Chevalier Rd home asking mayor John Banks to cut the grass after complaints to Auckland City Council went unheard.
The council assured her, and other concerned residents, they would look into their complaints.
Streetscape services manager Kevin Marriott says investigations by the council found Pt Chevalier was an “area of concern” for frequency of mowing.
Subcontractors have been spoken to and residents can expect to see changes over the coming weeks, he says.
But we also received letters from residents in Sandringham, Mt Roskill, Mt Eden and Onehunga. Westmere resident Delia Merchant sent us this photo of her children playing in grass on council property near her home.
“It’s grown so high it’s above their heads,” she says.
“We’re paying huge rates so we expect the street to look okay.
“It doesn’t look good when you invite people over.”
Mr Marriott says future concerns by any residents across Auckland will be looked into and dealt with.
Mrs Stringer says her lawns have now been mowed, but are due to be cut again.
Gross grass verges: Delia Merchant, mother of twins Kade and Cian, 2, and Ava, 4, is frustrated that it took Auckland City Council two months to cut this Westmere verge near her home.