Grass cutting policy
Changes to the County Council’s grass cutting policy will be discussed by
Cabinet Members on Tuesday (21 April).
The County has a legal responsibility to manage the Highway Network in terms of
keeping routes available and safe for highway users. The revision to the policy
is one of a number of measures being introduced as part of the Council’s
challenge to make significant savings in the coming financial year.
Under the revised policy, all current standards for urban grass verges will
remain unchanged. In rural locations, the number of cuts at visibility splays
will remain at four per year. The changes to the policy relate to rural verges,
- The number of cuts on rural verges at non visibility locations will be
reduced from two cuts per year to one. (The timing of the cut will be dependent
on the weather, but the target date will be June). All rural Principal, Non
Principal and Unclassified roads will be cut to one swathe width, once a year,
instead of twice a year.
- In rural areas, a back to boundary cut on verges will be carried out for
weed and self sown sapling control every four years instead of every three.
There are also plans to market test all service provisions and procure the most
cost effective service.
The changes are expected to make savings of £75,000 a year.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment,
“As part of the Scrutiny process, we have been working with County, town and
community councillors to discuss the revisions to this policy, which were
necessary as part of our challenge to find efficiencies across the Council. The
final policy has been changed to reflect the recommendations that were made.
As well as saving money, letting the grass grow longer is also excellent for
bio-diversity, and means that the grasses and wildflowers are able to flower
and set seed, building up a more varied seed bank in the soil.”