Spalding estate’s overgrown verges ‘pose accident risk’

Mark Street and son, Oscar, look at the overgrown verge. SG10616-155TW
Mark Street and son, Oscar, look at the overgrown verge. SG10616-155TW
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Small children risk being hit by cars if they try to cross roads on a Spalding estate where grass verges are wildly overgrown.

The claim comes from Akita Close resident Mark Street, who says the grass is around three feet high in some spots.

Mark fears the grass will obscure a driver's view of small children like Oscar. SG110616-156TW

Mark fears the grass will obscure a driver's view of small children like Oscar. SG110616-156TW

He fears children like his six-year-old son, Oscar, would be all but hidden by the grass – leaving drivers little or no warning if they try to cross at the wrong time.

Mark said: “The grass verges are extremely high, we are talking nearly 3ft in height.”

He contacted South Holland District Council and says he was told the grass cutting contract had been switched to Lincolnshire County Council, which had stopped cutting the grass as an austerity measure.

“There’s the danger element of it,” said Mark. “But somebody commented to me recently that it looks awful.”

Mark bought his house on Wygate Park 14 years ago because it was a nice area and well maintained.

“I have even approached the council and said ‘can I cut it?’. They said ‘we can’t ask you to volunteer’.

“I chose to live in a nice area and I think the council are letting me down.”

There are also spots where overgrown weeds are hiding street name signs.

Maxine Stukins, senior highways officer, said: “Grass was being cut until last summer around Wygate Park, Spalding, by another party, but we’ve become aware that grass was no longer being cut this year.

“As a result we’ve added roads that are adopted highways in the area to our current flail cutting programme and the grass will be cut in due course.

“These include Wygate Park, although some roads are still being developed and are therefore not the responsibility of highways until they are formally adopted.”

South Holland District Council did not comment before we went to press.