A ten year old girl from Peasedown St John is spending the summer holidays in plaster after breaking her arm.
Ten-year-old Karrianne Howe, who attends Peasedown St John Primary School, fell and was rushed to hospital after tripping over whilst walking her dog. The incident happened on The Green next to Albert and Frederick Avenues and was partly due to the overgrown grass left for several weeks by Curo – the successor to social housing landlord, Somer Housing.
Karrianne said: “The grass was left to grow for weeks and was higher than it ever had been before. You couldn’t see where you were walking or what you might step on. Thinking it was safe, I walked across The Green, fell and broke my arm.”
Following her return home, Karrianne’s family contacted local B&NES Councillor Nathan Hartley (Lib Dem, Peasedown) to raise their concerns.
Nathan commented: “I was sorry to hear of Karrianne’s accident. Having a broken arm at the start of the school holidays is nobody’s idea of fun.
“As soon as the Howe family contacted me I informed Curo of what had happened, who then came to cut the grass within hours.”
“After the recent transition from Somer Housing to Curo there have been a number of teething problems, which seem to have now been resolved. Hopefully, the organisation now have a regular schedule for grass cutting across the area.”
Peasedown St John Councillors received a high level of complaints throughout June and July about this issue. If residents living in Curo properties or near Curo public open spaces have any problems in the future, as well as contacting their local councillors they can also contact Curo direct on: 01225 366000.
Karrianne added: “A big thank you to Nathan to helped get the grass cut. As soon as he came to visit me after the accident everything seemed to happen so quickly.”