Community pulls together so long grass can be cut

Published date: 15 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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RESIDENTS are taking grass cutting into their own hands after a council budget reduction has seen  green spaces become overgrown and knee high.

Rossett resident Kirit Champaneria, 52, has joined forces with neighbours and made a decision to mow council green areas themselves.

Mr Champaneria said a group have been discussing arranging to maintain grass in Broadoaks, near Darland High School, themselves after the council told them it could be weeks before it was cut.

Grass there is already knee high.

“We are going to get together and start cutting it ourselves but we don’t want to do it in case the council are due to come,” he said.

“We just want to know when they are going to come.”

Mr Champaneria said he had sympathy for Wrexham Council’s financial predicament.

The authority is looking to make £45 million of cuts over five years.

“We have a great community here and we always stick together,” he added. “If there is no money, there is no money and something has to give.

“If I had to choose between the grass not getting cut or a little old lady being looked after, I would choose the little old lady every time.”

A £300,000 reduction to the grounds maintenance budget for 2014-15 saw a 50 per cent reduction in the amount of grass cutting in the borough. That meant some areas’ annual cut were reduced from eight cuts to just two.

Last week a further proposed £200,000 reduction in grass cutting spending for next financial year was tabled by the authority as part of £4 million of cuts for 2015-16. A discussion on those cuts was deferred at a Wrexham Council executive board meeting on Tuesday.

Cllr Arfon Jones, who represents Gwersyllt West, said residents cutting grass themselves is “letting the council off the hook”.

He said: “By cutting the grass themselves they are letting the council off the hook.

People in Wrexham pay their council tax and then they are having to deliver the services themselves. Why have they got to pay council tax if that is the case?”

He said some Gwersyllt residents were considering not paying their council tax in protest against the service cuts.

Last month the leader of the Wrexham Independent Group, Cllr David A. Bithell, launched a petition calling for the council to revoke a decision cutting the grounds maintenance budget for this year. More than 100 people have so far signed the petition since it began.

Cllr Bithell said: “The decision to reduce the spending on grass cutting has backfired.”

Wrexham Council was not available for comment.

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  1. Posted by: Mr.Gobbi at 11:41 on 15 May 2014 Report

    Wrexham council once the shining light of the new and forward thinking councils is now more like a flickering candle that is running out of wax. 'a mower a mower my council tax for a mower',the outlaying green areas which are the responsibility of this council now are becoming overgrown and just look disgusting. What was the councils rallying cry oh yes 'Pride in our Streets' now its'NotPride in our Streets'.

  2. Posted by: RolandCleth at 14:55 on 15 May 2014 Report

    Well done to Mr. Champaneria and the other residents of Rossett for taking some personal responsibility and pride in their community rather than just sitting on their backsides and whinging about the Council.

  3. Posted by: a cahill at 16:24 on 15 May 2014 Report

    Personal responsibility is paying the council tax that you get little in return for......just wondering if trades unions consider these publicity seeking residents as scab labour as they are putting council workers jobs at risk

  4. Posted by: Wrexham-gal at 19:19 on 15 May 2014 Report

    Give over @ Cahill. Well done that man and his compadres! The BIG society in action. Such a beautiful thing.

  5. Posted by: a cahill at 20:01 on 15 May 2014 Report

    And the times they are a changing,,,,rapidly !!...its not that long ago that we were collectively slating the last council for its ill thought out cuts and Milliband Balls and Co were having a go at the coalition for their suppression of the working because its a labour led council using Cameron's idea all is excusable

  6. Posted by: a cahill at 20:09 on 15 May 2014 Report

    There is also a suggestion that during the next round of teachers strikes in Plas Madoc a charity should take on the role of caring for kids and giving them a bit of teaching....its serious for the unions if every time a council needs to make cuts they can rely on communities to take on the responsibility when workers are let go

  7. Posted by: touchwood at 23:14 on 15 May 2014 Report

    good on you hope it goes on all over wrexham as the council have not got the money and at the end of the day councillor Neil Rogers leader of the council can not help all the cuts so go on give the council the help it needs to make wrexham a good place to be

  8. Posted by: Sheefag at 08:17 on 16 May 2014 Report

    Touchwood, I see your punctuation has fallen victim to savage cuts.

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