HOUSEHOLDS have been divided about grass cutting regimes in Kingsmead.

The parish council had left grass to grow long on verges alongside the spine road but have now had it mown short after complaints from residents.

Clr Laura Hoey, parish council chairman, said: “We made the decision to leave it long for two reasons.

“One is that the contractors couldn’t get on it because it was wet and we were going to see if it would look nice and be good for wildlife.

“But we did always intend to cut it if it looked scruffy.”

Clr Andrew Murison, who admitted that he and his wife had differing opinions on how it looked, said: “It’s purely and simply about personal choice.”

The council has decided to keep the grass short but leave it long for wildlife at the back of the bank, where it cannot be seen from the road.