Housing chiefs say sorry to tenants over grass cutting

Grass cutting near Bannerfield Drive, Selkirk.
Grass cutting near Bannerfield Drive, Selkirk.

Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) tenants have received an apology from the organisation for delays in its grass-cutting programme.

Over the last few weeks, The Southern has heard a number of complaints from SBHA tenants that communal grassed areas outside their homes in areas such as Hawick, Peebles, St Boswells, Selkirk and Galashiels had still not been cut this year.

Asked for an explanation, Alan Vass, SBHA director of technical services, told The Southern: “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 that the new work programme is well under way and has been accelerated.

“At this stage we are confident that the grass-cutting cycle will be complete this weekend. We will continue close supervision of progress and are providing updates on our website.”

However, some tenants say the cut grass, some of it two feet long, has been left lying.

Jim Mitchell, from the Langlee area of Galashiels, said with this being the first cut of the year, the grass is much longer than normal.

He added: “They cut the grass here yesterday [Tuesday] and just left it – it’s an utter mess. And you can’t get through to them to complain – they actually told me my address didn’t exist.”