Grass-cutting crews out in force in Selkirk

Grass cutting near Bannerfield Drive, Selkirk.

Grass cutting near Bannerfield Drive, Selkirk.

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A plea has been made to give contractors cutting grass around Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) homes in Selkirk time to do their job.

The call came from local Scottish Borders Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar following this week’s apology from SBHA about delays in cutting grass at its properties in the royal burgh.

SBHA’s contractors, however, were out in force in the town this week tackling the issue.

Alan Vass, SBHA director of technical services, told us: “Following a recent tendering process for SBHA’s grounds maintenance contract, we unfortunately fell behind in our grass-cutting programme in many of our properties.

“We apologise to our tenants concerned and anyone else affected by this, but I can assure everyone the new work programme is well under way and has been accelerated.

“At this stage we are confident the grass-cutting cycle will be complete this weekend.”

Mr Edgar and other councillors have received a number of complaints about the grass.

“There has been a number of phonecalls to myself and the other councillors on this issue,” he told The Wee Paper yesterday.

“A fortnight ago, Scottish Borders Council requested a meeting with SBHA and an update on its programme of works.

“Since then I have had meetings with two community councils to give them information on what was happening with the grass cutting.

“The problem is the grass has grown so long it means the cutting schedule has over -run. The contractors were actually meant to be finished cutting grass in Selkirk on Tuesday, but I noticed they are still cutting grass in the town this morning [Thursday]. It was a mix-up in the contract scheduling, which can sometimes happen in business.”

He added: “But it is a huge job for the contractors and I think we just have to accept that SBHA and the contractors are doing all they can to rectify things.”

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