Concerns over grass neglect

Hadston Precinct.
Hadston Precinct.

A company which has been heavily criticised for failing to maintain a prominent village shopping area has come

under fire yet again – although a leading councillor believes positive progress can be made.

The appearance of The Precinct in Hadston has been a hot topic of conversation recently, with claims that site owners ThrowerStone are neglecting their duties.

Last month, we reported that bins had not been emptied, forcing people to dump debris on the ground beside them. The company did eventually empty the bins.

But the latest complaint came earlier this month, regarding the state of the grass, which had not been cut.

The situation was so bad that parish and county councillor Scott Dickinson had to ask the county council to carry out the job on behalf of the company. He said: “The council came out on June 7. I couldn’t leave it any longer it was an absolute disgrace.

“The company which is responsible for cutting the grass will be pursued by the county council and I will continue to pressure them into taking responsibility for the premises they own.

“They can’t take rents from the shops and flats without doing the basics like grass-cutting and emptying bins.”

However, Coun Dickinson believes progress can be made, as the company has recently come out to paint metal work at The Precinct. He added: “Hopefully this will be the start and they will begin to take more responsibility.”

Coun Dickinson has organised a community clean-up in Widdrington on Saturday, July 12, and Hadston on July 19. There will be skips in the villages on the clean-up days.

The Gazette approached ThrowerStone for a comment, but no reply was received by time of going to press.