Anger as grass grows out of control
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.’