THE GRASS in Bromsgrove and Rubery is being left to grow, leading to an increase in uncollected dog mess and a danger to children, residents have claimed.
Coun Peter McDonald, one of those to contact The Standard, said since one of Bromsgrove District Council’s lawnmowers had broken, the grass in Brook Road Park, Rubery, had grown to half a metre, meaning walkers could not find their dog’s mess, to clean it up.
He added when it was finally mown the grass was left, uncollected, leaving the park with long grass and with dog faeces spread all over the place.
“There also needs to be an investigation by the council’s environmental department to find out who is responsible for creating this health hazard.
“Everyone knows the danger dog mess poses to young children and it does beggar belief that those in charge could put young children at risk.
“I have asked those in charge to remedy the situation immediately before some child becomes ill.”
Resident Nick Peachey also contacted The Standard about the issue. He claimed because he grass had been left to grow in Aston Fields, there had been an increase in dog fowling and littering, but the council had refused to increase the frequency the grass was cut.
He said dog walkers were finding it difficult to walk through the long grass and that he knew one elderly gentleman had twisted his ankle because of it.
Coun McDonald also claimed the council had decided to grade its parks and that it had graded Rubber’s Brook Road Park down the list which meant only part of the park was being mowed, leaving the other half in a ‘right mess’, and treating the village’s residents ‘like second class citizens’.
A council spokeswoman refuted this and said there had been no grading of the parks but revealed there were plans to start assessing them on their facilities so they could prioritise the parks which needed more attention than others.
For example a football pitch would need to be mown more than a wild flower meadow.
She added: “The mower did break and unfortunately the grass was left uncut for longer than usual.
“However it was cut last week and our place team will be visiting the area again in the next ten days for further maintenance.”