On the verge of de­spair

Central Leader - - Opinion -

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.

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