An angry resident claims parts of Witham have been left looking “third world” after being neglected by contractors.

John Farrell is furious with Greenfields housing association and its contractors for allegedly failing to keep parts of the Humber Road and Hatfield Road estates tidy, leaving some parts to become badly overgrown.

Mr Farrell, who lives in Hatfield Road, claims the grass in some places has not been cut for months.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful,” he said.

Greenfields' housing director, Sandra Crosby, admitted the its new grounds maintenance contract had not started as well as hoped and apologised for the problems.

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