No one wants to mow grass verge for children to play

On the verge: The unmown area of land outside Barden Place, Ribbleton
On the verge: The unmown area of land outside Barden Place, Ribbleton
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A row has broken out over who is responsible for mowing a patch of grass in Ribbleton.

A small area of land outside Amy McEwan’s house on Barden Place has not been mowed for the past seven months and none of the companies the mum-of-one has contacted want to lay claim to it.

Amy, 23, said: “In the past, Community Gateway have always cut the grass along with the rest of the area surrounding our street, so after a few months of it being uncut I decided to contact them but they insisted it is not their land and advised me to ring the Lancashire County Council.

“I did and was told it was not their land and they believed it was owned by Gateway, so I contacted Gateway again and was told they would get back to me and they still haven’t.”

The Lancashire Evening Post contacted both Lancashire County Council and Community Gateway and was told by the council that the land was not owned by them.

After speaking with Community Gateway, it appeared that after Amy’s house was sold in 2004, before the transfer to Community Gateway Association, the land was not part of the transfer, it is actually part of the entrance to Brookfield Park.

Amy, who has lived at the property for over four years with her partner, Anthony Pope and three-year-old son, Nathan, said: “The main inconvenience is not just how untidy the street looks, but the children have nowhere to play because the grass is over two feet long, it’s up to my son’s shoulders.”

Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, Councillor Robert Boswell, said: “This has been a misunderstanding following on from the creation of Community Gateway Association where thousands of properties and plots of land were transferred.

“Community Gateway Association and Sodexo have previously maintained the land but it has now been clarified that maintenance is now the responsibility of Preston City Council and as such the land will be maintained to our normal standards. The grass will be cut by the end of this week. I would like to thank the resident for bringing this to our attention and apologise for any inconvenience.”