Shock at council threat for not mowing the lawn

Paul Smith at his privately-owned home was shocked when she received a letter from authorities telling him to cut his grass.
Paul Smith at his privately-owned home was shocked when she received a letter from authorities telling him to cut his grass.
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A couple in a privately-owned home were shocked when they received a letter from authorities telling them to cut their grass.

Paul Smith and Janne Shread, of the London Park estate, Mirfield, were stunned when the strongly-worded letter arrived, which threatened “further action” if they didn’t mow the lawn.

The pair branded the council “hypocrites”, saying they themselves have failed to cut their own grass in the area’s public areas.

Janne said: “I just couldn’t believe their cheek and gall. Talk about pot kettle black. Don’t tell other people to cut their grass when you won’t even do your own. They’ve made big cuts so they’re not cutting grass in public areas.

“Also, we’re private residents. It’s none of their business. There are sandbags on the drive - it’s obvious we’re having work done. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. They should have checked their facts before sending a letter with threats. It’s just really unpleasant.”

Engineer Paul, 45, said: “It’s ridiculous. We got the letter on Saturday, Janne wasn’t happy. Especially as there have been a few issues in this area about the council cutting grass.”

The letter, from Kirklees Council’s housing management company said: “Maintaining your gardens helps not only improve the appearance of your home but also of the estate in general.

“If you fail to maintain your garden, further action could be taken against you.”

“A spokesperson for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing said: “KNH carry out regular estate inspections to identify issues that need attention.

“They are also an opportunity to remind residents that they need to keep their gardens tidy.

“This is a condition of tenancy but is also part of the covenant that homeowners sign up to when they buy a home on a council estate.”