At the end of last week I had Wednesfield North residents asking me to take action around Grass cutting in the closed Churchyard at St Thomas’s Church in Graisley Lane Wednesfield.Many families living in my Ward have family connections with the Village and the Parish Church.
I undertook to speak with City officials about the location, explaining the problems that mourners and family had in visiting the graves, and I asked what plans they had for the graveyard. This is the very positive response that I have received.
“Good afternoon Councillor Bateman, Thank you for the enquiry regarding the long grass at St Thomas’s Cemetery, Wednesfield. That site is on the cutting cycle that is currently underway for the June cut and I will ask the team to ensure that, if possible, they can strim the grass by the end of the coming week, weather permitting.
As you may be aware, the grass cutting on general areas is now done every 4 weeks and areas like the closed church yards are maintained approximately every 6-8 weeks depending on growth due the allocated standard and the ground conditions that dictate what machines are used.
I hope this helps with your query and once we have got over the current fast grass growing conditions, we will endeavour to apply some chemical control to aid with the maintenance on difficult sites like this.”
The site is a Churchyard and is owned by St Thomas’s Church…the responsibility for the grass cutting lies with the WCC. I hope my actions and those of the City Council will be viewed as being positive.