It’s a jungle for old folk lost in rampaging weeds

Pictured is Anne Bennett complaining about overgrown weeds outside her home in Middle Hay Place
Pictured is Anne Bennett complaining about overgrown weeds outside her home in Middle Hay Place
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Weeds and stinging nettles are growing almost head-height on paths around a Sheffield estate – causing a prickly problem for residents.

Pensioner Anne Bennett, of Middle Hay Close, Gleadless Valley, says she is fed up of reporting the problem to Sheffield Council – and workmen have still not been sent.

Her concerns are supported by Gleadless Valley Community Forum, which says safety is being put at risk.

Mrs Bennett said: “The weeds next to some footpaths are up to head-height. There are also plants in the cracks in the pavements. Some of the worst are nettles.”

Mrs Bennett said she first contacted the council in July but the weeds remain, and have grown up to five feet tall.

She said: “I made a few calls and was told something would be done. The council said they had put weedkiller down but it doesn’t appear to have made a difference – the weeds need cutting back.”

A spokeswoman for Gleadless Valley Forum said: “The hedges and verges around the estate are overgrown and we are taking up the issue with the council.

“Overgrown bushes prevent pensioners being able to hold rails when walking downhill. Paths have also become narrower with weeds, making them less safe.”

Les Benn, Area Housing Manager for Sheffield Council said: “I’d like to thank Ms Bennett for bringing this to the council’s attention.

“Officers have visited her home to identify the areas that need attention and we apologise that in some cases areas have been missed. ”

Work will be carried out in the next fortnight, he said.