ANGRY Carnmoney residents have called on the Department for Regional Development (DRD) to tidy up the overgrown grass verges along the Fairview Road.
The verges, which border the busy bus route at Fairview and Glenkyle, are covered in long grass and weeds. And locals say the unkempt look of the place is attracting litter louts who are using the area as a dumping ground for all sorts of rubbish.
“If someone is inclined to chuck litter and they see this area of long grass that’s not looked after then of course they’re just going to dump their rubbish on it,” Glenkyle resident, Tom Douglas told the Times.
The disgruntled pensioner, who has personally gone out an picked up bag-loads of rubbish from the grass verges, says the DRD needs to get the grass cut, lift the litter and generally tidy the place up.
“If you go over to Mossley or down to Ballyduff the grass areas are kept tidy by the Housing Executive and are cut every couple of weeks, but why can’t the DRD or whoever do that here?
“People around here, who are paying seven or eight hundred pounds a year in rates, get annoyed when they see the wonderful job the Housing Executive can do along the Manse Road or in Ballyduff and yet we have to look at this mess. We just want the grass cut and the rubbish lifted. People just want the place to look half decent.”
One of Mr Douglas’ neighbours added: “It’s not just the litter that’s the problem, the place is like a dogs’ toilet. If you try to take a shortcut across the grass you get your shoes covered in dog mess. The place is a disgrace.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Regional Development confirmed that the grass verges along the Fairview Road will be cut in the next few weeks.
“Grass cutting is due to commence from April 16, and the first phase will take place between April 16 and May 6. Although it is our land, the council is responsible for picking up any rubbish,” she said.