Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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"Get the grass cut, sort out the weeds and pick up the litter", Austin tells Council

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on Dudley Council to reverse its decision to stop cutting the grass and dealing with weeds across the Borough.



Austin has been contacted by residents from Sedgley, Gornal, Woodsetton, Kate’s Hill, Russell’s Hall and the town centre to complain of the overgrown grass, out of control weeds and litter on the streets.

He is worried that the state of some of the roads and traffic islands presents a terrible impression for visitors to the town. He wants to council to take action to keep Dudley tidy and make it a nice place to live in and visit.

 Ian Austin said:

“I’m from Dudley, I love the place and I’m proud of it but people have contacted me from all over area complaining about the state of the streets, grass verges, roundabouts and open spaces. Look at the islands at Castlegate and Flood Street. They are the gateway to Dudley, and the first things visitors see, yet the grass isn’t being cut properly, weeds are out of control and litter is being left. How is that going to attract visitors or encourage investment?

“The people responsible for litter are the people who drop it, but it doesn’t encourage people to take pride in the area if litter isn’t picked up, grass isn’t being cut and weeds are out of control.

“I don’t care who took the decision to stop doing this work, but I want it changed, I would be calling for this no matter who was in charge.

“People pay their Council Tax to live in a nice area, have their grass cut and walk on clean streets”


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