Anger as grass grows out of con­trol

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­EAS of Lochaber have been ‘left in a mess’ since grass cut­ting was taken in-house by the High­land Coun­cil.

Last au­tumn, coun­cil­lors agreed to trans­fer coun­cil grass cut­ting from ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors to an in-house ser­vice to pro­vide bet­ter value for money and im­prove the ser­vice.

How­ever, res­i­dents across Lochaber have said grass is grow­ing out of con­trol.

An­drew Bax­ter, newly- elected chair­man of the Lochaber Area com­mit­tee, raised the is­sue at the first meet­ing last week. Mr Bax­ter has de­manded of­fi­cers ex­plain what has gone wrong. He said: ‘From my own ex­pe­ri­ence and the daily com­plaints re­ceived from across my ward, the coun­cil is fail­ing lo­cal res­i­dents. Last week, I raised this is­sue with of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the ser­vice di­rec­tor. Since then I’ve seen no dis­cernible im­prove­ment. I’ve re­ceived no clear an­swers as to why so many ar­eas seem to be left in a mess or com­pletely missed.’

Louise Cameron from Caol posted on Mr Bax­ter’s Face­book page say­ing: ‘ The pen­sion­ers’ com­mon gar­dens in Alexan­der Square, Caol, have not been cut this year. It’s an ab­so­lute dis­grace. The grass is higher than the arms of the bench the poor folks are sup­posed to sit on.’

Su­san Macdon­ald also posted: ‘There doesn’t seem to be much of it get­ting done on sin­gle track roads, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to see on- com­ing cars.’

At the Lochaber Area Com­mit­tee, coun­cil­lor Ian Ra­mon said: ‘ In Kil­choan, some of the verges are com­pletely over­grow. It’s a dis­grace.’

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