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Wrong side of the grass; PATCH IS SPLIT BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT OWNERS.

Byline: LIAM THORP Politics reporter liam.thorp@trinitymirror.com @LIAMTHORPECHO

STRANGE photos have come to light showing how a field in Liverpool is routinely only mowed halfway across - because it lies on a city boundary line.

A man describing himself as "a perplexed resident" took photographs of the filed that lies on the boundary of Kensington and Edge Lane - which is bounded by Toft Street and Holt Road.

The photographs clearly show that one half of the grassy area has been mowed, with the other half left overgrown.

And, according to the resident, this happens regularly.

He said: "I took these photographs of the council's grass cutting of the 'boundary lines' of Edge Lane/Holt Road/Toft Street - I assume this is the boundary line for the start and finish of Kensington and Edge Lane.

"The council grass cutters came and cut the grass on the Toft Street side of the street at the start of the month and left the Edge Lane side uncut (where the Edge Lane houses used to be, which is now covered in grass).

He added: "I had also noticed that this was the same procedure the council grass cutters did the last time they came to cut the grass - I assumed they had run out of time and they would return the next day to even it up.

"I have since learned that this is the 'regular' procedure for the grass cutting in this area - ie: stop cutting where the Edge Lane houses used to be. You really couldn't make it up."

Looking at the city council's map of the different ward boundaries in the city - you can see that the patch of grass in question lies extremely close to the boundary line for Kensington and Fairfield and neighbouring Picton.

But the council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Cllr Steve Munby said the cutting decision was based on a different issue.

He said: "We have a number of patches of grass across the city where historically the ownership of the plot of land falls between us and another organisation, and the ground maintenance is carried out separately. "Often the land which is not ours was previously housing that has been demolished, so the ground is rocky and uneven and would damage our mowers if we tried to cut the grass.

"I completely understand that residents will be a bit puzzled by this, but it is something we are looking at on a case by case basis to see if we can find a way to make the maintenance more joined-up."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2017
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