High grass along A24 in Beare Green 'was a death trap'
GRASS left to grow along roadsides and central reservations is a major safety hazard, drivers have warned.
The Beare Green stretch of the A24 dual carriageway was left to grow dangerously high, blocking drivers' view of on-coming cars, and was only cut last week after residents complained.
Vera Dunkin, who drives into the village daily to look after her elderly parents, said Surrey County Council (SCC) ignored the issue in recent weeks.
"I've lived around here since before they put in that carriageway and it's never been that high," she said.
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"It's deplorable. People on school runs use that road, I would hate to think a car with a load of school kids would come down and cop it.
"People from SCC need a wrap over the knuckles."
Speaking to the Advertiser before the grass was cut, Mrs Dunkin said: "There is going to be a major accident up there, it's a death trap.
"The grass is over three feet tall.
"You can see a lorry or a van, but not a car.
"My father used to work for the council and said they have to cut it four times a year but no one has done it this year, they've cut where it's not important."
Mrs Dunkin called the council to ask them to cut the grass and was told others had also complained.
She spoke to the Advertiser last Wednesday and, after we contacted SCC later that day, the grass was cut on Friday.
Posting on the Advertiser's Facebook page, Roy McNeill wrote: "We have grass on the verges and central reservations so high you cannot see out of junctions when crossing.
"It's particularly bad around Beare Green and will cause an accident sooner rather than later."
An SCC spokesman said: "As it had become a safety issue, we made it a priority and cut the grass last week."