Long grass blamed on wet summer
The wettest summer in 100 years has been blamed for long grass around Bath.
Bath and North East Somerset Council says the unusually wet summer is the reason for some public spaces becoming overgrown this year.
The council said the wet weather had both encouraged growth and prevented cutting.
Roy and Sue Lockert, who live at Melcombe Court at Oldfield Park, contacted the Bath Chronicle after becoming fed up with the long grass at nearby Linear Park.
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The couple had written to B&NES asking them to cut the public grass area. They claimed people living in the area felt it was being ignored by the council and some residents had been forced to start trimming it themselves.
Eventually last month the grass was cut.
Mr Lockert said: "We have to keep on top of the council to cut the grass regularly but we seem to have had some measure of success, hopefully."
Jo McCarron, a Labour Party campaigner who lives in Rudmore Park, also contacted the Chronicle to complain about a public grass area near her home. She said the grass area had got so bad children could no longer play on it.
A spokesman for the council said a combination of one of the wettest summers in 100 years and sunny spells had resulted in the substantial growth of vegetation and grass across the district.
He said: "The council aims to cut most grass areas on a frequency cycle of between two to three weeks, but this has been made incredibly difficult this year by days of torrential rain. In response, we have acquired extra equipment and responded as quickly as possible between torrential rain periods to cut as much grass as possible."