Council to tidy up estate before Jubilee celebrations

David Martin of Pasture Field Close, Leyland, struggles to walk his dog Connie due to the high grass on the estate green where residents are hoping to hold a Jubilee party

David Martin of Pasture Field Close, Leyland, struggles to walk his dog Connie due to the high grass on the estate green where residents are hoping to hold a Jubilee party

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Delighted neighbours have thanked town hall chiefs for helping to ensure their street is fit for Royal knees-up.

Residents in Pasture Field Close and Round Meadow, Leyland, had become so fed up with the state of the overgrown grass and the unsightly garages, they were worried they couldn’t host a party to mark this summer’s Jubilee celebration.

The Leyland estate was built to house prison officers who worked at Wymott and Garth and, in the 90s, the houses were sold privately.

There has since been a dispute over who owns the land and consequently the estate has not received much maintenance.

Alan Gordon, 29, who has lived on the estate all his life, said neighbours feel the grass on the common is too long and the garages on the land are “an eyesore”.

However, South Ribble Council has now stepped in to improve the area.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhood services, said: “I can confirm the area of land in question does not belong to South Ribble Borough Council, but as a gesture of goodwill to the residents, we already cut the grass around 10 times a year.

“It was due to be cut last week, but the weather delayed us by a few days. It will be cut twice between now and the Jubilee bank holiday.

“I’m delighted that the residents want to hold a party in the Queen’s honour.

“Street parties can foster a wonderful sense of community, so we want to make it as easy as possible for people to organise them.

“You can simply give us a call for advice or download a form from the council website.

“There’s no mountain of forms or red tape to plough through, and we certainly won’t let a bit of grass spoil the celebrations!”

Mr Gordon, who lived on Pasture Field Close as a child, before moving to Round Meadow, said: “It is great in respect of the party. But the dispute over who owns the land needs to be resolved once and for all.”

Alan’s mother, Ann, 61, who lives on the estate with husband, David Martin, said: “I’m really pleased.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “The ownership of a small area of land adjacent to HMP Wymott is currently under investigation.”