Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Demands for more cuts in Wokingham Borough

Cllr Prue Bray

The Liberal Democrats at Wokingham Borough Council have been pointing out problems with the grass-cutting service for over a year, and there have been a number of complaints about long grass, untidiness, and poor maintenance. The issue was discussed by the council's Overview & Scrutiny Management Committee on Monday 28th July, in response to a petition set up by resident Brian Clark, who was dismayed by the quality of the grass-cutting service run by the Borough. At the meeting it was announced that Executive member Cllr Angus Ross is conducting a review of the grass-cutting which will report in the Autumn.

Lib Dem councillors welcome the council's review of the grass-cutting regime, but say it is a pity that it took a petition from a member of the public to prompt the council to look at the service.

Leader of the Lib Dem Group, Councillor Prue Bray, who is a member of the Overview & Scrutiny Committe, said "People don't usually ask the Council for more cuts - but this is one occasion when it might be a good thing! Play areas need more frequent grass-cutting than they are getting, while other areas could be cut less often, such as roadside verges which can be planted with wild flowers. We don't want dog poo or crushed cans mixed up with the cuttings in our open spaces, and we want hedges and brambles kept under control so that pavements are safe to walk along, road signs are visible, and drivers can see when they are turning out onto a main road."

She continued "I would like to congratulate Brian Clark on his initiative in starting a petition to get the grass-cutting service improved. I hope Cllr Ross's review does produce some changes, and won't just kick this issue into the long grass."