‘Jungle’ to be tidied up

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A ROW over a ‘jungle’ in South Elmsall has come to an end after tenants voted to have the grass cut on a regular basis.

The Express reported last month how neighbours were in dispute over a small nature reserve just off Almond Close, South Elmsall.

Nearby tenants had complained about an overgrown area of grassed land behind their homes.

They said it was an out of control eyesore, with one resident, Walter Byrom, 70, describing it as like ‘a jungle.’

But the land, owned by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), was left uncut after a request from Minsthorpe Tenants and Residents Association.

The association had originally asked WDH to only cut the grass once or twice a year after complaints that too many children gathered there.

But now, after writing to tenants whose homes surround the nature reserve, WDH has brought the dispute to an end by arranging for the grass to be cut on a regular basis.

Janet Smith, WDH Area Manager, said: “We have consulted with tenants whose homes directly overlook the area, and the majority have asked for the grass to be kept short.

“As a result, we have arranged for the grass to be cut more regularly.”

WDH said the grass will now be cut by the end of this week and every four to five weeks thereafter.

It sent out 35 letters to nearby tenants after receiving complaints last month that it was untidy and overgrown.

The area was originally earmarked as a nature reserve several years ago for wild flowers, birds and animals.