Council bosses tell man to stop cutting the grass outside his Rotherham home

John Beaumont at the grass verge he has been cutting Swallownest
John Beaumont at the grass verge he has been cutting Swallownest
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A green-fingered resident has hit out at Rotherham Council after been told to stop cutting the grass verges outside his home.

John Beaumont has seen a drop in the amount of little and dog mess left on the verges since he started cutting them on Selby Close, Swallownest, near Sheffield, five years ago.

He regularly mows and trims the three grass verges, putting the waste in the two waste bins nearby.

But the 58-year-old said he has now being told to stop his good deed by the council.

John, a former miner who has lived on the quite cul-de-sac for 30 years, said: “Five years ago I was sat in my back garden and could smell something awful.

“It turned out to be dog mess that was in the long grass verges.

“I started cutting these pieces of grass and saw that if you keep the grass down short people pick up the dog mess.

“Rotherham Council installed two waste bins nearby and for the past five years I have been cutting the three pieces of grass.

“To be honest I don’t do it for anybody else other than for me and my wife.”

John added: “I want to keep my part of the estate looking nice.

“I know Rotherham Council are under pressure with finances and they aren’t able to maintain things like they used to.

“I used to use my own lawn mover and then I went on eBay and bought a petrol lawnmower and a strimmer.

“What I have always done it pick up the grass and I dispose of it in the two waste bins.

“They want to promote community spirit, but then they do this.”

John said he is unable to put the waste in his own green bin because it is often full during the summer and is not collected in the winter.

Karl Battersby, Rotherham Council’s strategic director of environment and development services, said colleagues had visited John to discuss the incident and apologised for any misunderstanding and upset caused.

He added: “Rotherham Council is always happy to explore how it can work with individuals or groups who want to undertake voluntary work in their community in support of the services we deliver, and as such we will always try to offer as much help as we can.”