Weeds woe for Dagenham bungalow residents

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:16 25 June 2015

Elsie Cadby, Stephen Beal  and Lilian Chipperfield next to the overgrown weeds in Allsopp Square

Elsie Cadby, Stephen Beal and Lilian Chipperfield next to the overgrown weeds in Allsopp Square


Weeds are a growing concern for residents who say they feel like they’ve been forgotten.

Council tenants living in Allsopp Square, Dagenham, pay about £3 a week to keep the grounds tended – and grew tired of having to wait almost eight months before weeds were cut down and flowerbeds were tended to last week.

Stephen Beal, 64, who lives on the estate of 12 bungalows, said: “There are people living here who are 80 years old and they are being charged for gardening which isn’t happening.

“What I want to do is get a community set up here where we can sit outside and have a chat, but we can’t when it’s like this. It’s like the council has put us here and just forgotten about us.”

Stephen says he is particulary riled because residents regularly watch council gardeners drive past to tend to the grounds of the nearby Woodlands House.

“We see them going to work in the morning next door two or three times a week so it wouldn’t take much for them to come over here,” Stephen said.

“These bungalows are like palaces and the council obviously put a lot of money into them but this is making it an eyesore.

“We weren’t given these brand new places for this to happen.”

He suggested that the council should reimburse residents for the service as they haven’t received it.

“Especially for the older people who don’t have much, it would be a nice gesture,” Stephen added.

“Now the work has been done but we having to fight the council on every issue.”

A spokesman for the council said: “As part of the contract in the first 12 months of handing over the property the developers have responsibility for maintenance of the lawns and grounds.

“We can confirm that the lawns have already been cut and the weeds are currently being cleared.

“Although there is normally a break from grass cutting between October and May.”

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