RESIDENTS in Tynedale have registered their complaints against a housing provider over its alleged lack of grounds maintenance.

Karbon Homes manages and maintains homes across the North East, with developments in Prudhoe, Corbridge and Hexham.

They are responsible for maintaining the land on these specific areas and also own other green spaces in local communities.

But some residents said it was a 'disgrace' the grass had been left to grow for so long and it was 'unsightly'.

However, others said the longer grass would be beneficial for insects and improve biodiversity.

County Coun. Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, said: "I am aware of some major ground maintenance issues in Prudhoe and elsewhere in the Tynedale area.

"This involves the lack of grass cutting or what many residents have described as poor cutting.

Hexham Courant: LAND: Areas at Redwell Road in PrudhoeLAND: Areas at Redwell Road in Prudhoe

"We would all like our towns and villages to look at their best, especially with the major Jubilee celebrations, including the huge Prudhoe town fair, coming soon.

"This is a matter for Karbon Homes who are an independent social housing provider.

"I am in regular contact with senior managers at Karbon Homes and asking for a quick solution to be found."

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Karbon Homes, which employs a contractor to carry out maintenance work, said the delays were caused by labour shortages and equipment issues.

The company said these factors have now been resolved and that the contractor has put a programme of overtime and extended working hours in place to complete all delayed maintenance work.

Kelly Taylor, assistant director of housing at Karbon Homes, said: "We're sorry for any delays to our grass cutting schedule in Prudhoe and Corbridge. We're working closely with our grounds maintenance contractor in the area to get this sorted as a priority."

Hexham Courant: GRASS: Areas at Redwell Road, PrudhoeGRASS: Areas at Redwell Road, Prudhoe

"The delays were a result of our contractor struggling with labour shortages. However, this has now been resolved and they're working to catch up on all delayed work within the next few weeks. By week commencing June 6, the two-week grass cutting cycle will be maintained in the affected areas.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused local residents and understand their frustration with delays to services," she added.

Karbon Homes said the contractor aims to collect the grass trimmings wherever possible but asks residents to be patient while this is completed.