Side swipe

Central Leader - - Opinion -

Our verge never gets mown. There’s not a lot of it – you’d be lucky if it was 5m long and 1m wide – and therein lies the prob­lem. Be­cause within that short stretch there are three bot­tle­brushes, one power pole and one old lamp post that has never been re­moved, none of which the sub­con­trac­tor can get around on his ride- on.

He used to make a swipe over one end and when I com­plained that the job was in­com­plete, I was ad­vised that it was part of their con­tract to use weedeaters where that would be more suit­able. I’ve never seen them even carry a weedeater let alone deign to get off their ride- on to use it.

No­body ever came out to in­spect the work and af­ter sev­eral com­plaints with no re­sult I gave up – of course, you have to give your ad­dress when you make a com­plaint so now the verge doesn’t even get the swipe, he just rides on past. I don’t ac­tu­ally mind mow­ing it my­self but I do ob­ject to pay­ing for a ser­vice that is not be­ing pro­vided. TRISH HUR­LEY


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