Wrexham Council to put spotlight on frequency of grass cutting

Published date: 08 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DECISION to reduce the number of grass cuts in public areas is to come under the spotlight.

The reduction formed part of Wrexham Council’s budget for the financial year with the number of cuts in some areas reduced from eight to two.

Environment Service staff cut and maintain areas of grass and hedges on the majority of council-owned land in the county borough.

Areas of grass cut include all parks and open spaces, football pitches, leisure and housing land.

A 50 per cent reduction over a two year period, with the budget set at £200,000 for 2015-16, will now be discussed by the council’s homes, environment and communities scrutiny committee tomorrow.

A Wrexham Council report confirms civic areas and football grounds are continuing to receive the same level of attention.

The report said: “As part of the Reshaping Services programme it was proposed to change the way we cut grass through reducing the frequency of cutting grass.

“It was proposed to reduce the number of cuts of the majority of the areas, which includes all the open spaces and verges. The total area of grass we cut would remain the same.”

The report proposed no changes to football pitches and bowling greens, which will continue to receive the current level of attention.

It says town centre and civic areas (war memorials, cenotaph) continue to be maintained to the existing standard.

Highway verges are cut for safety splays, visibility requirements and signage or where the grass becomes a road traffic hazard.

All amenity areas cut throughout the borough are being reduced to two cuts from six to eight cuts, which has always been weather dependant.

Front areas of houses and areas where access is needed by residents are cut four times.

One of the risks highlighted by the report is the possibility of a reduction in Streetscene staff, leading to grass not being cut to an acceptable standard and prompting complaints from the public if the areas look poorly maintained.

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