A real pain in the grass

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A GRASSY issue is turning into a mound of problems for a Wolds village.

As reported previously in the Rasen Mail, residents of Brookenby have been left angry and frustrated after large areas of grass have been left uncut.

Now, after holding a public meeting, which was attended by more than 50 people, the parish council has issued the following statement.

“After consultation with the National Association of Local Councils, the Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils, the East Midlands Federation of Local Councils and Clement Keys, auditors appointed by the Audit Commission to undertake external audits of councils, Brookenby Parish Council has been informed that it has no powers to cut grass in private ownership.

“However, Brookenby Parish Council is completely amenable to taking ownership of the land in question and this will be discussed at the next parish council meeting on Tuesday, July 5.

“Once the land is in council ownership, Brookenby Parish Council will legally be able to cut the grass.

“Brookenby Parish Council has requested West Lindsey District Council, who have greater powers, to intervene using their powers of enforcement but they have chosen not to do so at the present time.”