Shear cheek - council slammed over garden service delay

Alexander Robbie (95) next to hedge which council haven't cut this year, this happens every year'Photo emma Mitchell'13/8/13
Alexander Robbie (95) next to hedge which council haven't cut this year, this happens every year'Photo emma Mitchell'13/8/13

A pensioner who paid East Dunbartonshire Council nearly £100 for gardening services for the year is STILL waiting for his hedges to be cut.

Alexander Robbie, from Hillfoot Drive in Bearsden, phoned the council FOUR times in July to ask when they would be trimmed and each time he was promised someone would be there soon.

He says the hedge at the front of his house had grown to about 6ft high and mums with prams were struggling to get along the pavement because it was so overgrown.

Mr Robbie (95), a former art teacher at St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch, said: “You couldn’t get past the branches and eventually I was forced to pay for someone else to come and cut it.

“I’m not the only person who’s been let down by the council, there are many others and the same thing happened last year.

“Most people who use this service are older and they can no longer do their gardens themselves. I used to cut the hedges myself, but I’m a bit past it now.

“The hedge in my back garden has grown so huge that it’s taking over a large area.

“I just don’t think the council gives a damn - it’s ridiculous to be waiting until August.”

Mr Robbie, who was an aircraft inspector during the Second World War, added: “I felt like I was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, and I had to do something about it as I was getting nowhere with the council.

“It’s very frustrating - it seems like it’s just a job to them which they don’t care much about.”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services, said: “Unfortunately, due to the extremely late start to our spring programme following the extended winter weather, our crews will now be in the Hillfoot area later this week.

“We are sorry Mr Robbie did not appear to be provided with accurate information on our work schedule following his phone calls, however, I can confirm that his hedges will be cut this week.”

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