Uncut grass near homes 'too high for children to play on'.
Byline: LIZ BRADFIELD Local democracy reporter email@example.com
A HOUSING association in Bridgend has apologised after delays in securing a new grass cutting contract left areas untidy and with grass "too high for children to play on".
Valleys to Coast Housing said it was six weeks behind with the grass cutting and "appreciated" that the areas were "looking untidy".
A statement on its website said due to the current length of the grass "a few cuts" would be necessary before the areas were "brought up to an acceptable level".
It added that the cut grass would not be collected because it was "very expensive" to do so and instead it would be blown off pathways.
Bridgend county borough councillor David White said grass was now over a foot-and-a-half high.
He said: "It's annoyed a lot of people that the grass cutting is this late - it's one of only a couple of green areas to play on in the area and kids haven't been able to play on it because it's been so high.
"The tenants have to pay a service charge and they feel the grass should have been cut - it's a poor effort by Valleys to Coast on this occasion."
The Newcastle ward councillor added: "I don't understand the delay in the contract because surely you would know the contract is ending and put a new one in place."
A spokesman for Valleys to Coast said: "We are sorry for the delay in cutting our grassed areas close to homes.
"To improve the grass cutting service we have secured a long-term contract with a number of companies for the next seven years which will stabilise charges for our customers and lessen the impact of future rising costs. This has taken longer than expected.
"We are pleased to confirm that our grass cutting service started on May 14 and the areas we are responsible for will receive their first cut in the next two weeks.
"We will carry out the same number of cuts we intended to achieve throughout the year but with a couple of cuts taking place sooner over the next few weeks to get our grassed areas looking as they should."