Grass Cutting and Weed Killing Our Part of Whittlesey

My neighbours and I have been concerned for around 8 days, as we are well ‘overdue’ (May 14th) our estate being maintained – we have not seen or heard the ‘ISS’ Group Lawnmower or (strimmer occasionally if we’re lucky).
Our frontage is a mess to say the least – parts of the grass and weeds are 18 inches – with more large weeds by the day.
Yesterday I met with Cllr David Connor for a catch up and he was on the case strait away (many thanks).
I in turn sent an e-mail to the contractors ‘ISS’ asking them ‘if’ we had been missed out….
By this morning no response from anyone. So I sent another e-mail to my own Councillors and to the Manager of Open Spaces (alas he is out of office until 04th June).

Cllr David Mason came back very quickly (thank you) – with the following:-

Thank you for highlighting the problems of grass cutting in Ashline Grove.
Perhaps I can throw some light on the situation surrounding grass cutting generally in Whittlesey at the present time.
As District Councillor for your area and Churchwarden at St Andrews Church where we have experienced similar problems to your own in Ashline Grove last week I enquired of Peter Murphy the reasons why the grass cutting had appeared to have gone awry.

Apart from the usual problems of rapid grass growth at this time of year Fenland District Council’s contractors, ISS, have unfortunately experienced seven separate break ins at their pound in March  and whilst they have been replacing lost mowers, strimmers etc as fast as they can the schedules have taken a beating.
I am sure that now you know the facts you will fully appreciate the situation and will inform your neighbours etc accordingly.

Thank you for your anticipated patience and I can assure you that ISS are doing all they can to catch up on their work.
Yours sincerely
Cllr David K M Mason
St Andrew District

So at least ‘we’ know what the problem is – however I have to ask (As I do)
Last year ‘ISS’ suffered several break-ins of their storage facilities.
Now we are informed that ‘ISS’ have suffered 7 break-ins this year alone –
Knock, Knock, Knock – ‘is’ anyone there – you do not have to be a ‘rocket scientist’ to work this out – maybe I should draw a ‘picture’
That still does not solve our issues of looking like Bagdad on a bad day *No disrespect to Bagdad* – Even if/when the grass does get looked at it will be a mess – given the length it is.
Today several of my friends saw the Cambs CC contractor with his ‘Weed Killer Bowser’ – well he was ‘squirting it’ not where it should have been going – I say ‘squirt’ more like a dribble….. I think I should start writing comedy parodies – it almost makes me want to put my head in a bucket of sand…..still we are only talking about Grass and Weeds –

Worse things happen at sea – and I’ve been there too……

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