A DECISION to reduce the number of grass cuts in public areas has been approved.
The number of cuts was reduced as part of Wrexham Council’s budget for the financial year, as the authority battled to make £13.9million of savings in the 12 months from April 1.
In some areas the number of cuts will be reduced from eight to two for the year.
A 50 per cent reduction in the council grass cutting budget over a two-year period will also see £200,000 spent on cuts for the 2015/16 financial year.
The council environment service cuts and maintains areas of grass and hedges on the majority of council-owned land in the county borough, including all parks and open spaces, football pitches, leisure and housing land.
A Wrexham Council report confirmed civic areas like war memorials and cenotaphs, bowling greens and football grounds will get the same number of cuts as currently.
The recommendations were approved by the council’s homes, environment and communities scrutiny committee on Wednesday.
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.”
All amenity areas will be cut two times less, with a reduction of eight cuts to six. The cuts are weather dependant.
Front areas of houses and areas where access is needed by residents will be cut four times.
One risks highlighted report is the possibility of a reduction in council Streetscene staff, leading to grass not being cut to an acceptable standard, and leading to complaints from the public if it looks poorly maintained.