Monday, 31 March 2014

Grass-cutting season to start today!

Leicestershire County Council's lawnmowers will soon be hitting the streets to start their annual rounds.

The council maintains nearly four million square metres of urban verges and grassy areas – the equivalent size of nearly 400 football pitches.

The usual start date has been set back by roughly three weeks this year because of the heavy winter rainfall.

Peter Osborne, county Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We are starting the grass cutting season later than we would normally like this year to allow our green areas a chance to recover.

"Despite a slightly drier March, the water table level is still high across the county and the last thing we want to do is ruin our open spaces by sending heavy mowing machinery to churn up the grass.

"We expect to begin our rounds on March 31 but, should the weather take a turn for the worse, then we will have to review our start date again."

County Councillor for Whitwick and Thringstone, Leon Spence, welcomed the news: "The cutting of our grass verges is a highly visible indicator of how the County Council is performing.
 
"Last year I received many complaints from local people that verges had been left uncut or simply missed.
 
"I would urge all local residents to contact me if they notice any problems this year. We all pay a great deal of Council Tax and it's not unreasonable to expect that our verges are maintained to a reasonable standard."

The county council cuts grass verges on the highways in towns and villages up to nine times each year, generally between March and October.

To contact the council with any problems on the roads, call Roadline on 0116 305 0001 or email customerservices@leics.gov.uk

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