Welham Green pensioner raises safety concerns over grass cuttings

PUBLISHED: 15:37 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 September 2017

The pathway in Greville Close, in Welham Green, that can be barely seen due to being covered in grass trimmings.

The pathway in Greville Close, in Welham Green, that can be barely seen due to being covered in grass trimmings.


A Welham Green pensioner is fearful of slipping on grass cuttings after declaring that the greens and verges are in the worst state they have ever been.

Ann Blackshire, 79, of Knolles Crescent, said: “In the 79 years I’ve lived in the village this is the worst state I’ve ever seen the greens and verges.

“It’s normally six inches long before they turn up.

“Then it’s done so badly half of it is missed.

“The edges are never trimmed up and you can see the mess they leave.

“They never blow the grass away.”

Her comments came after walking past Greville Close today and discovering that the grass cuttings had not been cleared away.

Mrs Blackshire, who has lived in Welham Green all her life and raised her children in the area, said that she’s fearful of slipping on the grass leftovers and has to be careful to avoid them.

Mrs Blackshire added: “When it rains and it’s slippery for me using a walking frame, plus all the cuttings I drag into the house.

“I only hope the council are paying the contractor a cheap price because they are definitely getting a cheap job done.”

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council: “We do not pick up grass cuttings, but they should be blown away from the path so as not to cause any obstruction.

“We will be raising this issue with the crews to help ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

“There have been no reports regarding grass cuttings on Greville Close and we encourage residents to get in touch with us directly to report any issues so we can respond appropriately to them.

“Residents can call our contact centre on 01707 357000 or email contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk”

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