Sunderland estate gets grass cut at last after residents protest

Youngsters Ethan Hopper, Lochlan Stokoe, Daisy Hopper, Leah Massey, Nathan Hopper and Anthony Gibbon, of Plumtree Avenue, Wear View Estate, are now able to play happily on the grass field in front of their homes.
Youngsters Ethan Hopper, Lochlan Stokoe, Daisy Hopper, Leah Massey, Nathan Hopper and Anthony Gibbon, of Plumtree Avenue, Wear View Estate, are now able to play happily on the grass field in front of their homes.
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Residents on a Sunderland estate are delighted with the latest council cuts.

Parents and children living in the Plumtree Avenue area of Wear View estate have been calling on the city council to cut the grass on a large field near their homes.

Plumtree Avenue residents and children are angry over grass not being cut by council.
Bernadine Anderson

Plumtree Avenue residents and children are angry over grass not being cut by council. Bernadine Anderson

They grew so fed up with the wait that they mounted spray-painted banners in the area.

Now the council has responded to their calls and the grass has been cleared.

A tractor arrived on Wednesday and came back yesterday morning to finish the job.

Bernadine Anderson, 55, has lived on the estate for 21 years and is delighted the grass has finally met its match.

All we want is what everybody else wants - to be happy where you live. It is a lovely place to live, we all like it here.

Bernadine Anderson

“I got a message from one of my neighbours to say the work had started,” she said.

“I am very happy it has happened - it shows you have got to speak up for yourself,” she said.

“All we want is what everybody else wants - to be happy where you live. It is a lovely place to live, we all like it here.

“We’ve always been a bit of a community, but with a lot of the kids growing up, the need has been dwindling but we’ve really rallied round.

“The council want to hear the people of Sunderland, but they need to tell them what’s going on.

“We could have some kind of compromise.

“It’s been very upsetting to be honest - this is where we live and we love it.

“Sunderland is now living in the shadow of Newcastle and Durham and it’s the biggest in the North East.”

She sent her thanks to local councillors Ronny Davison and Paul Stewart for their support, as well as Echo readers, who backed the residents in their calls for action.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services Coun Michael Mordey said the authority was being forced to make decisions every day about what it could and could not afford to do in light of ongoing cuts in funding from central Government.

“We were already working with local ward members and officers to address this issue before it was raised in the media,” he said.

“We have only been able to accommodate this request because we have reduced services elsewhere in this part of the city.

“Again I would encourage people to come together and work with their local ward councillors, to find ways we can mitigate the impact of the Government’s austerity agenda on our local communities.”