Grass is greener
News that Peterborough City Council had been shortlisted for “Council Of The Year’’ predictably provoked some ungracious comments on the PT’s website and Facebook page. I admit that my first reaction was that winning such an award was akin to being theTallest Dwarf or Healthiest Glaswegian. But on reflection I decided that was too harsh - the coun- cil is being recognised as one of the best in the country (and perhaps the best) it is churlish not to congratulate them for that. This view was underlined when I read a story on the Mail Online about a council who had threatened to charge a pensioner with criminal damage for cutting the grass outside his home. Robert Wall (71) has mowed the strip of council-owned grass for four years. Mind you he’s got previous as in his ‘life of crime’ he’s been caught painting fence posts. A spokesman for Havering ouncil said: “Mr Wall does a great job of cutting the grass and it’s appreciated. “However, he had to bemade aware that a few of his actions combined could be seen as criminal damage. Cutting the grass on council land was not considered in isolation.’’ Talk about verging on the ridiculous. our opening game when our ex-England keeper flapped at a loose ball and watched it dribble into the back of the net.