Marlow could take over grass cutting after anger at overgrown verges

Mayor Suzanne Brown spoke out about the length of grass in the town earlier this month

Mayor Suzanne Brown spoke out about the length of grass in the town earlier this month

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MARLOW may soon be given the power to look after more of its green spaces, after the mayor blasted the county council for slashing grass-cutting budgets.

As complaints about overgrown verges continue to grow across the county, Buckinghamshire County Council has put forward a plan to devolve some of its maintenance services.

It means Marlow Town Council could be given funding for the next four years to look after its own roadside verges, labelled "horrible" by Mayor Suzanne Brown ahead of this year's Britain in Bloom judging.

But for the scheme to go ahead, Marlow town would need to team up with a cluster of nearby parishes to share services among themselves.

Discussing the idea at a council meeting this week, deputy mayor Bob Johnson said: "This would have a significant impact on residents and I would like to take a strong lead on how we go forward with this.

"There are some strong pros and cons and some serious implications might be involved.

"There are significant cuts from the council and I can understand how they are forced to consider this devolution."

However, Cllr Johnson said he was concerned what would happen after the four-year funding pledge period ended.

And Cllr Kathy Thomson said it would be good for the people of Marlow as the current state of some roadside verges is "demoralising".

BCC has come under fire for its decision to reduce grass cutting from ten times a year to six.

Transport for Buckinghamshire said its responsibility was to keep highways in a safe condition, which requires it to cut grass around junctions that could impair the vision of motorists.

The devolution deal, worth £23,245 for 2015/16, would only apply to roads with a 30mph speed limit and below.

Wycombe District Council is expected to propose a similar devolution package for their areas of responsibility in the coming weeks.

Town councillors agreed to set up a working party to investigate the package and talk to neighbouring parishes.

Any problems with grass cutting, or to report a verge in need of cutting, can be done online: www.buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb

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11:59am Sat 21 Jun 14

marlowbucks says...

One example, Spinfield Lane, is down to just over half its normal width. The pavement below Nursery Walk is overgrown. Both of these represent hazards to vehicles and pedestrians.
Bucks CC have been advised but no action yet taken.
Perhaps we should begin to withold council tax.
One example, Spinfield Lane, is down to just over half its normal width. The pavement below Nursery Walk is overgrown. Both of these represent hazards to vehicles and pedestrians. Bucks CC have been advised but no action yet taken. Perhaps we should begin to withold council tax. marlowbucks
  • Score: 7

4:55pm Sat 21 Jun 14

mother henpeck says...

the whole of bucks looks bad yet again more cut backs by the council yes we should all make a stand and with hold our council tax until they start getting there act sorted
the whole of bucks looks bad yet again more cut backs by the council yes we should all make a stand and with hold our council tax until they start getting there act sorted mother henpeck
  • Score: 9

5:34pm Sat 21 Jun 14

s6blr says...

Anyone got a copy of the (mis)spending budget for the BCC? If we can find out what % is for grass cutting we can withhold that and give it to Marlow instead. I don't want BCC wasting yet more money if they say they're cutting something then a lowering is commensurate !!!
Anyone got a copy of the (mis)spending budget for the BCC? If we can find out what % is for grass cutting we can withhold that and give it to Marlow instead. I don't want BCC wasting yet more money if they say they're cutting something then a lowering is commensurate !!! s6blr
  • Score: 4

8:09pm Sat 21 Jun 14

KrissieJS says...

Surely we shouldn't have to tell BCC where and when to cut the grass. The areas just look untidy and off putting. BCC get your act together.
Surely we shouldn't have to tell BCC where and when to cut the grass. The areas just look untidy and off putting. BCC get your act together. KrissieJS
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Bookermum says...

Why has Marlow hit the news about the lack of grass cutting!! The grass by us hasn't been cut by bcc at all so far this year! Most residents have taken to cutting any grass outside their house themselves where I live!
Why has Marlow hit the news about the lack of grass cutting!! The grass by us hasn't been cut by bcc at all so far this year! Most residents have taken to cutting any grass outside their house themselves where I live! Bookermum
  • Score: 4

10:59am Sun 22 Jun 14

CatherineAB says...

Maybe taking responsibility for our own bit would be sensible, and COULD save on taxes??
Another consideration is how the patches of grass are divided between District and County, which is petty, and looks ridiculous! Surely we can do better than this?
Another thing is the speed limit signs which are disappearing behind overgrown branches - totally invisible to motorists, even those of us who know where they are.
Maybe taking responsibility for our own bit would be sensible, and COULD save on taxes?? Another consideration is how the patches of grass are divided between District and County, which is petty, and looks ridiculous! Surely we can do better than this? Another thing is the speed limit signs which are disappearing behind overgrown branches - totally invisible to motorists, even those of us who know where they are. CatherineAB
  • Score: 4

5:16pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Kania 2000 says...

Well what does anyone expect from BCC, just what do they maintain?????
BCC now work purely on a fix when a huge amount of complaints are received only basis!!!!!
Well what does anyone expect from BCC, just what do they maintain????? BCC now work purely on a fix when a huge amount of complaints are received only basis!!!!! Kania 2000
  • Score: 1

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