Cllr: 'Grass cutting will be different next year'

Cllr: 'Grass cutting will be different next year'

Cllr: 'Grass cutting will be different next year'

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A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will be providing a different grass cutting service next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to go through the same as they did this year.

At last week's Buckinghamshire County Council meeting, Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, cabinet member for transportation, said the council failed dismally on its grass cutting service this year.

She added: "We will not provide this service next year. There will be a different service on grass cutting.

"I have not got the energy or the will power to go back through what we have been through this year and neither have my officers."

The council is holding discussions with parish and town councils across Buckinghamshire about the possibility of them taking on a number of village maintenance tasks, as a devolved service from the council.

A number of individual towns and parishes have already taken on self delivery of such services in their own community.

In 2013 The Stewkley Enterprise Agency was set up; a not-for-profit social enterprise, which enabled them to provide grass cutting and strimming, minor hedge cutting, weed spraying and road sign cleaning.

Five parishes have just signed up to become a cluster with Stewkley- Swanbourne, Mursley, Drayton Parslow, Stewkley and Stoke Hammond.

In the south of the county, a similar agreement has been made with Amersham Town Council for parishes in the area to arrange for services to be carried out on their behalf. Gerrards Cross, Chenies, Little Missenden, Stoke Mandeville and Coleshill Parish Councils benefit from grass cutting, vegetation clearance, tree maintenance and graffiti removal as part of this arrangement.

Cllr Vigor-Hedderly said: ""The way that Stewkley has set up their arrangement, and the Amersham agreement as well, are such good examples to other parishes who are considering joining in with the scheme."

The council has delivered a series of conferences in order for all parishes to have the opportunity to ask questions about the proposals.

The next stage of the devolution project will see more clusters of parishes join together for greater flexibility and the benefits of collaboratively working together that this will bring.

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4:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ten Years Gone says...

Most Parish Councils have had the good sense to realise that this is a poisoned chalice. If the County Council can't cope with their responsibilities we should vote them out! Oh wait...
Most Parish Councils have had the good sense to realise that this is a poisoned chalice. If the County Council can't cope with their responsibilities we should vote them out! Oh wait... Ten Years Gone
  • Score: 26

4:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Knowitallnewby says...

If we all gave up cos we didn't have the energy. Where would this world be. Yeh vote them out . Oh and by the way reduce our council tax bill accordingly too. If your not going to provide the service give us our money back.
If we all gave up cos we didn't have the energy. Where would this world be. Yeh vote them out . Oh and by the way reduce our council tax bill accordingly too. If your not going to provide the service give us our money back. Knowitallnewby
  • Score: 57

4:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gpn01 says...

I think it would be better to learn the reasons WHY so much energy was consumed and to understand what the councillors and officers plan to do to resolve it. Simply admitting that it's too much agro is not a credible option although I sure it's a statement of frustration/fatigue behind which there is something that should be made public.
I think it would be better to learn the reasons WHY so much energy was consumed and to understand what the councillors and officers plan to do to resolve it. Simply admitting that it's too much agro is not a credible option although I sure it's a statement of frustration/fatigue behind which there is something that should be made public. gpn01
  • Score: 19

5:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so.

Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read:

A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so.

‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so.

Would you?
[italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read: [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] ‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Would you? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

5:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

pennperson says...

I'm sure the councillor didn't mean her comment to sound uncaring and crass. ..
I'm sure the councillor didn't mean her comment to sound uncaring and crass. .. pennperson
  • Score: -10

6:05pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Knowitallnewby says...

Oh for god sake just cut the grass. Get the community service offenders to do it!!!!
Oh for god sake just cut the grass. Get the community service offenders to do it!!!! Knowitallnewby
  • Score: 48

7:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ProtectCountryside says...

Why do we have such an obsession with grass being cut? Long grass attracts the wildlife. There was some lovely wild flowers growing in our road and then someone with a strimmer came along and destroyed it all.
Why do we have such an obsession with grass being cut? Long grass attracts the wildlife. There was some lovely wild flowers growing in our road and then someone with a strimmer came along and destroyed it all. ProtectCountryside
  • Score: -1

9:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

s6blr says...

I don't have the time or energy to pay my council tax.

Do I get off too?
I don't have the time or energy to pay my council tax. Do I get off too? s6blr
  • Score: 89

9:40pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Knowitallnewby says...

s6blr wrote:
I don't have the time or energy to pay my council tax.

Do I get off too?
Me too!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: I don't have the time or energy to pay my council tax. Do I get off too?[/p][/quote]Me too!!!!!! Knowitallnewby
  • Score: 24

11:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

DawesJack says...

Ruth lacks vigor? This will not impact on Wycombe as there is no council to devolve to. Plus nobody will want the flack off residents who monitor the length of grass on a daily basis, then phone in! No, it will stay with Transport for Bucks as the capital outlay would be too great for a small organisation. Bet the budget is no more than 90k for Wycombe.
Ruth lacks vigor? This will not impact on Wycombe as there is no council to devolve to. Plus nobody will want the flack off residents who monitor the length of grass on a daily basis, then phone in! No, it will stay with Transport for Bucks as the capital outlay would be too great for a small organisation. Bet the budget is no more than 90k for Wycombe. DawesJack
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

J B Blackett says...

They don't cut the mustard either.
They don't cut the mustard either. J B Blackett
  • Score: 15

9:54am Sat 26 Jul 14

Carmadchris says...

The council appear to be like petulant children
They made a decision to cut the grass less.
The people who actually do help to pay their wages and pay for these services via council tax complained (the majority do not want the verges to be wildlife homes we have more appropriate places for that) .
The councils responses
We F you then, if your not happy with what were are doing, we won't bother at all, that'll learn ya!

In what private company when the shareholders compliain would an attitude like this not result in a formal disapinary as a minimum.
If I told my team that their latest effeorts were not up to standard and they needed to try harder and they replied with a "won't bother at all then" you would here the bollocking from here and I work in London

Me thinks bucks council need some new blood and a lot of it, councils are run by far too many middle aged (in age or in attitude) can't do's with too much do glider, not enough realism and zero inspiration, it's a job that needs vibrant people but attracts some of the biggest dullards you will ever find
The council appear to be like petulant children They made a decision to cut the grass less. The people who actually do help to pay their wages and pay for these services via council tax complained (the majority do not want the verges to be wildlife homes we have more appropriate places for that) . The councils responses We F you then, if your not happy with what were are doing, we won't bother at all, that'll learn ya! In what private company when the shareholders compliain would an attitude like this not result in a formal disapinary as a minimum. If I told my team that their latest effeorts were not up to standard and they needed to try harder and they replied with a "won't bother at all then" you would here the bollocking from here and I work in London Me thinks bucks council need some new blood and a lot of it, councils are run by far too many middle aged (in age or in attitude) can't do's with too much do glider, not enough realism and zero inspiration, it's a job that needs vibrant people but attracts some of the biggest dullards you will ever find Carmadchris
  • Score: 9

10:19am Sat 26 Jul 14

mistamina says...

Knowitallnewby wrote:
If we all gave up cos we didn't have the energy. Where would this world be. Yeh vote them out . Oh and by the way reduce our council tax bill accordingly too. If your not going to provide the service give us our money back.
Agree. they have become too complacent and lazy. let's book them out.
[quote][p][bold]Knowitallnewby[/bold] wrote: If we all gave up cos we didn't have the energy. Where would this world be. Yeh vote them out . Oh and by the way reduce our council tax bill accordingly too. If your not going to provide the service give us our money back.[/p][/quote]Agree. they have become too complacent and lazy. let's book them out. mistamina
  • Score: 5

10:23am Sat 26 Jul 14

mistamina says...

pennperson wrote:
I'm sure the councillor didn't mean her comment to sound uncaring and crass. ..
Pennperson, they did i am afraid. That is exactly the message they want tosend i.e. 'we do not care and there is nothing you common people can do about it all!

However I will agree with you, CorpComms (a very BIG and well funded Dept.) should have picked up this submission and cleaned it up, long before it got to BFP.
[quote][p][bold]pennperson[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the councillor didn't mean her comment to sound uncaring and crass. ..[/p][/quote]Pennperson, they did i am afraid. That is exactly the message they want tosend i.e. 'we do not care and there is nothing you common people can do about it all! However I will agree with you, CorpComms (a very BIG and well funded Dept.) should have picked up this submission and cleaned it up, long before it got to BFP. mistamina
  • Score: 2

10:26am Sat 26 Jul 14

HW1 says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so.

Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read:

A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so.

‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so.

Would you?
This is an example of Bucks Free Press english. One would have thought that The BFP would ensure their reporters have a good standard of english. The thing is though is this down to The BFP not being thorough enough in selecting reporters or is it down to the appalling standard of english taught in our schools today. Perhaps as the Bucks County Council hierarchy don't have enough energy to do things perhaps the teachers don't have enough energy to teach it properly either!!
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read: [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] ‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Would you?[/p][/quote]This is an example of Bucks Free Press english. One would have thought that The BFP would ensure their reporters have a good standard of english. The thing is though is this down to The BFP not being thorough enough in selecting reporters or is it down to the appalling standard of english taught in our schools today. Perhaps as the Bucks County Council hierarchy don't have enough energy to do things perhaps the teachers don't have enough energy to teach it properly either!! HW1
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption.

In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get.
We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption. In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 7

8:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Knowitallnewby says...

HW1 wrote:
Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so.

Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read:

A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so.

‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so.

Would you?
This is an example of Bucks Free Press english. One would have thought that The BFP would ensure their reporters have a good standard of english. The thing is though is this down to The BFP not being thorough enough in selecting reporters or is it down to the appalling standard of english taught in our schools today. Perhaps as the Bucks County Council hierarchy don't have enough energy to do things perhaps the teachers don't have enough energy to teach it properly either!!
You've knocked the nail right on the head. !!!!! I applause you.
[quote][p][bold]HW1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Shame on you Rebecca Cain – this sentence should read: [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as SHE and her team do not have the energy to do so. [/italic] ‘Her’ is in the accusative – you wouldn’t say [italic] A SENIOR Bucks councillor has said the county council will not be taking on grass cutting next year, as her does not have the energy to do so. [/italic] Would you?[/p][/quote]This is an example of Bucks Free Press english. One would have thought that The BFP would ensure their reporters have a good standard of english. The thing is though is this down to The BFP not being thorough enough in selecting reporters or is it down to the appalling standard of english taught in our schools today. Perhaps as the Bucks County Council hierarchy don't have enough energy to do things perhaps the teachers don't have enough energy to teach it properly either!![/p][/quote]You've knocked the nail right on the head. !!!!! I applause you. Knowitallnewby
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Sat 26 Jul 14

KrissieJS says...

These councillors are quite happy with their salary.....!!! If I would tell my boss that I don't have the energy, well......get a different job!!
These councillors are quite happy with their salary.....!!! If I would tell my boss that I don't have the energy, well......get a different job!! KrissieJS
  • Score: 5

9:58pm Sat 26 Jul 14

J B Blackett says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption.

In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get.
May we humbly suggest that Planet of the Apes is not necessarily a good analogy for the current set of impasses and lethargy in British politics.
.
Please be aware the citizens of Hartlepool judged , found guilty and hung a monkey (off a captured French vessel and dressed in a small French sailor's uniform). We like to think that poor misused abused belated monkey was totally innocent
.
However we do not think this is true of all those Cheeky Monkeys on the Council. And that encompasses the right wing ones (gorillas) , the left wing ones (chimps) and the ones supposedly in the middle (orangutans )
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption. In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get.[/p][/quote]May we humbly suggest that Planet of the Apes is not necessarily a good analogy for the current set of impasses and lethargy in British politics. . Please be aware the citizens of Hartlepool judged , found guilty and hung a monkey (off a captured French vessel and dressed in a small French sailor's uniform). We like to think that poor misused abused belated monkey was totally innocent . However we do not think this is true of all those Cheeky Monkeys on the Council. And that encompasses the right wing ones (gorillas) , the left wing ones (chimps) and the ones supposedly in the middle (orangutans ) J B Blackett
  • Score: 2

10:28am Sun 27 Jul 14

mistamina says...

KrissieJS wrote:
These councillors are quite happy with their salary.....!!! If I would tell my boss that I don't have the energy, well......get a different job!!
And the Council Officers. Let us not let forget, they cannot be bothered as well.
[quote][p][bold]KrissieJS[/bold] wrote: These councillors are quite happy with their salary.....!!! If I would tell my boss that I don't have the energy, well......get a different job!![/p][/quote]And the Council Officers. Let us not let forget, they cannot be bothered as well. mistamina
  • Score: 6

10:39am Sun 27 Jul 14

mistamina says...

J B Blackett wrote:
Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption.

In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get.
May we humbly suggest that Planet of the Apes is not necessarily a good analogy for the current set of impasses and lethargy in British politics.
.
Please be aware the citizens of Hartlepool judged , found guilty and hung a monkey (off a captured French vessel and dressed in a small French sailor's uniform). We like to think that poor misused abused belated monkey was totally innocent
.
However we do not think this is true of all those Cheeky Monkeys on the Council. And that encompasses the right wing ones (gorillas) , the left wing ones (chimps) and the ones supposedly in the middle (orangutans )
To continue the allegory Yob and Blackett.
The hopeless Cheeky Monkeys have been in too long. they need to "Take their stinking paws off us!''
Nige Gorillas have been in a year, we were firmly promised all Seismic waves; we recieve not even a simmer.

So that leaves the Chimps then. Time to give them a shake at the whip?
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: We seem to be in the situation often bemoaned in the past by Thatcher and her admirers - she used to comment on South Welsh communities (and elsewhere) where they would vote in a monkey if it was a Labour monkey and this sometimes caused terrible inefficiency and corruption. In Bucks we are a right-wing mirror image of this where people vote in hopeless councillors and shr ug their shoulders at the results they get.[/p][/quote]May we humbly suggest that Planet of the Apes is not necessarily a good analogy for the current set of impasses and lethargy in British politics. . Please be aware the citizens of Hartlepool judged , found guilty and hung a monkey (off a captured French vessel and dressed in a small French sailor's uniform). We like to think that poor misused abused belated monkey was totally innocent . However we do not think this is true of all those Cheeky Monkeys on the Council. And that encompasses the right wing ones (gorillas) , the left wing ones (chimps) and the ones supposedly in the middle (orangutans )[/p][/quote]To continue the allegory Yob and Blackett. The hopeless Cheeky Monkeys have been in too long. they need to "Take their stinking paws off us!'' Nige Gorillas have been in a year, we were firmly promised all Seismic waves; we recieve not even a simmer. So that leaves the Chimps then. Time to give them a shake at the whip? mistamina
  • Score: -13

10:25pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Midsept says...

How is it that all of a sudden we can't afford to cut grass anymore? What has changed so radically about this civic task that now makes it an impossible job for the local authorities? I'm kind of wondering what exactly we are paying them for and where I might find the latest breakdown of expenditure. Let the people do it themselves - well, how about we make a deduction from the community charge?
How is it that all of a sudden we can't afford to cut grass anymore? What has changed so radically about this civic task that now makes it an impossible job for the local authorities? I'm kind of wondering what exactly we are paying them for and where I might find the latest breakdown of expenditure. Let the people do it themselves - well, how about we make a deduction from the community charge? Midsept
  • Score: 7

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