Grass cutting policy challenged
THE grass cutting policy of Gloucester City Council is being questioned.
Back in July The Citizen reported how the council's contractor Enterprise was struggling to deal with accelerated grass growth due to a spell of warm weather and heavy rainfall.
The ground was too wet for their heavy ride-on mowers to be effective, so the grass was left to grow beyond its normal height.
Now, a lot of overgrown verges and open spaces have been cut back, but Labour councillors are questioning the logistics of the policy.
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At the Gloucester city full council meeting tonight councillor Mary Smith (L. Matson and Robinswood) and councillor Mark Hobbs (L. Moreland) will be proposing a motion to the council to revamp its grass cutting strategy.
Mrs Smith said: "In all my years on the council, I have received more complaints about the grass cuttings blowing around the city than almost any other issue.
"We need to make people feel better about their communities."
Councillor Debbie Llewellyn (C. Quedgeley Fieldcourt), deputy leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "We are looking into the current contract.
"It has been an exceptionally wet summer, but what's to say all the summers in the future won't be the same. So we're looking into that."
A motion will be put forward at the meeting calling for the Tory led administration to accept its failure in dealing with the grass growth, and its decision not to remove grass cuttings from pavements, gutters, drains and gulleys.
The motion will propose a review of grass cutting, and to find a way through existing budgets to remove grass cuttings, and to report back in three months.