Half-measures on grass mowing frustrate Market Harborough residents

Grassed off...residents Dawn Jackson, Laila Jackson 2 and Dan Caldwell at the Petworth Drive play area.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Grassed off...residents Dawn Jackson, Laila Jackson 2 and Dan Caldwell at the Petworth Drive play area.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Residents living near a public open space which has been left half-mown have become increasingly frustrated with a grasscutting absurdity.

The green near Stablegate Way and Petworth Drive in Market Harborough has only been cut on one side, with a wild space remaining untouched and waist-high in places on the other half.

What started as curious glances a few months ago has developed into frustration.

The muddle has come about due to split ownership of the land.

Harborough Council ‘adopted’ half of the site in 2004 after developer Bovis finished building 40 new homes nearby in 2001.

The other half is owned by developer David Wilson Homes.

The council has already been out a few times this year to mow its portion, but the other section has not seen a mower blade since 2014.

Resident Dan Caldwell said: “This has been going on for a few years now and has become increasingly frustrating for those of us living nearby.”

He said children’s football games and other activities have been curtailed while dogwalkers find it harder to clean up after their pets once the animals venture into the wild.

Justin Szopa, technical director for David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “The land is maintained on our behalf by management company The Greenbelt Group, who are responsible for mowing the parcel of land within our ownership.

“It has recently been brought to our attention from correspondence with residents that the land has not been mown for some time.

“We have contacted The Greenbelt Group, requesting this takes place promptly.

“Furthermore, the group has been instructed to coordinate grasscutting of this area with Harborough Council to avoid this happening again.”

A district council spokesman said: “Weather permitting, we aim to cut the grass, which the council is responsible for, every fortnight during the mowing season [March to October].”