‘Goats would do a better job’ says Mayor of Grantham

Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby
Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby
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The Mayor of Grantham has spoken out over the ongoing issue with grass cutting following a contract between South Kesteven District Council and Glendale.

Mayor Ian Selby said: “I raised this issue last week with senior council officers and took photos to show them. On Tuesday I raised the issue at the scrutiny committee meeting and all members of the committee agreed with me.

“We are talking about the upkeep of our town and its appearance. What on earth do visitors to our town think. Poor grass maintenance does very little to enhance tourism and in turn our local economy suffers.

“If the council were to purchase a herd of goats then the goats would do a much better job of cutting the grass.”

Since reporting the problem the Journal has heard from more residents unhappy with the state of grassed areas, with Mrs Holmes from Canterbury Close writing: “It’s now five weeks since our grass was cut and then it wasn’t done well, no strimming of edges and all the cuttings left on the pavement.”

However we have also heard from those defending SKDC, including a resident who wished to remain anonymous, who said: “I have lived in a council house since 1984 and the service has been superb.

“When the lawn or hedges have needed cutting it’s only taken a telephone call.”

SKDC’s property development manager Neil Cucksey has apologised and says Glendale has made a commitment to improve standards.