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I have just phoned the council to complain about the grasscutting that has been done where I live. We have two communal grass drying greens and the past two times (at least) they have been cut it has been with a strimmer which hardly does a good job but there is worse to come.

 

Having been strimmed the loose grass is left on the greens while the loose bits that got onto the paths get blown to the side with a little petrol driven blowing thing. Some even got into the front porch.

 

What makes this worse is that the ground floor flats house toddlers who like to play on the grass and their mothers are not exactly keen on getting lots of grass dragged into their homes.

 

If, and I did not go outside to check on what van was used, this is Golders it certainly is a big drop from their normal service.

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What is it about bleedin' grass in Shetland?

 

Nobody is going to die because the grass isn't getting picked up. As kids we used to have great fun with piling it up and throwing it at each other.

 

Don't take it personally, but there are greater things to worry about.

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What is it about bleedin' grass in Shetland?

Girse is aboot da only bloddy thing dat will grow ta ony sense in Shetlan, apairt fae dockens, an Shetland Roses, (No da red tin kind).

So dat maks hit a brawly wirtwhile topic.

Nobody is going to die because the grass isn't getting picked up. As kids we used to have great fun with piling it up and throwing it at each other.

Du micht dee if du trips owre hit whin hit's stones hight fur hit's no been mawn.

 

Don't take it personally, but there are greater things to worry about.

A'll agree wi dee dere. Things laek why ta hell did da cooncil gie da girse contract ta yun bunch o soothmooth yahoos igyen...

 

:evil:

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We have two communal grass drying greens and the past two times (at least) they have been cut it has been with a strimmer which hardly does a good job but there is worse to come.
Is this common practice for the council to cut drying greens/council house gardens? :shock: Any council houses we were in south, you cut yer own grass..
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^ the council awards several contracts classified by land use and/or council department

 

The open areas around housing estates, which usually includes communal areas such as drying greens, is one contract

 

The council house gardens which are cut are usually part of another contract; the housing department's free service for the elderly and disabled (or empty/emergency accommodation). If anyone thinks they may be eligible, or know someone who may be, you can download and fill out this form www.shetland.gov.uk/housing/documents/GrassCuttingApplication2007.pdf or call the housing department on 744360

 

 

Its pretty standard for local authorities in the UK to cut open areas around estates and gardens of the elderly and/or disabled

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Thanks for the info. I hadn't heard of a council cutting communal drying greens as standard practice before , although my experience of suchlike is many moons ago. Doing a quick google brings up Moray Council saying they are the shared responsibility of the tenants, along with the usual cleaning of your stairs, etc. http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_41228.html

Perhaps it's the generous SIC? :wink:

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Don't take it personally, but there are greater things to worry about.

A'll agree wi dee dere. Things laek why ta hell did da cooncil gie da girse contract ta yun bunch o soothmooth yahoos igyen...

 

:evil:

 

Presumably Shetland welcomes an open market when selling its goods and services? Weren't we complaining about other countries salmon-dumping not that long ago? So why are we not interested in competition when buying services :wink:

 

A cheaper contract benefits all of us that pay council tax. When someone dies because they didn't pick the grass up then I would love to know.

 

I know that this wont be a popular view, but hey-ho :roll:

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A cheaper contract only benefits us when the work is to a high enough standard though. If the council decided to hire a contractor for road surfacing and then all the roads in Shetland subsided it wouldn't be of any benefit to us and a waste of our Council Tax.

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I am sure that the massive brain power available to the SIC are more than capable of working out whether we are getting value for our council tax on the grasscutting. A good enough standard is good enough. Perhaps the standard before was unnecessarily high?

 

If the contractor is not reaching an acceptable standard I am sure that their contract wont be renewed.

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