Grass is greener

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

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.

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