Dog walker at 'wit's end' as local park left overgrown and overflowing

Long grass with trees in background at park in Nottingham
-Credit: (Image: Eddie Short)

A resident in Cinderhill says he can no longer exercise his dog properly in his local park after the grass was left to grow. Eddie Short, 58, often walked his nine-year-old Cockapoo Alfie on the public land opposite Basford Miners Welfare on Goldcrest Road.

But since April it has been left unattended. As well as the grass, the bins are overflowing - and when Eddie and other locals have tried to get through to the council on the phone, they've had no success.

Eddie said: "We're aggrieved. I'm at my wit's end. A lot of us have pet dogs and we've been unable to exercise them on there since April.

"It's just a mess. We feel like we're being neglected. I'm a delivery driver and everywhere else I go - Derbyshire, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe, you name it - is nice, clean and tidy, but as soon as you come into Nottingham city, it's like this. When it's on your doorstep, you don't want it."

Asda employee Eddie moved to the estate in 2000. Since getting Alfie, he's always used the park, 500 yards from his home, as a place to take the dog for a walk.

It had always been very well-kept, he says. In 2023, the council were slow, but the work still got done.

Overflowing litter bin with rubbish poking out
The bins in the area have not been emptied for four weeks, Eddie says -Credit:Eddie Short

But this year, after what Eddie describes as "that No-Mow May nonsense" - a nationwide council initiative to let wildlife grow for a month to promote nature - the locals expected the grass to be cut in June. But it wasn't - and now stands three feet tall.

The state of the popular park has frustrated not just Eddie, but many locals, whom he knows from his time walking the dog. He's now resorted to walking Alfie around the block instead, meaning he can't let him roam as freely and he's not getting his "proper exercise".

Eddie says he understands that the council have no money, but would just like to speak to someone. The community, who are close-knit, Eddie says, has all had a go at contacting them.

He explained: "We know the council are skint but it just seems odd that no-one can get in touch with them. Several people have tried. We're paying council tax for a service we aren't getting. Many of us have also tried phoning the city council but no one ever answers. I've been on hold for more than half an hour, as have other people, to no avail."

Nottingham City Council was contacted for comment.