Resident bemoans grass cutting mess in Stokenchurch

Resident bemoans grass cutting mess

Resident bemoans grass cutting mess

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

A STOKENCHURCH resident has raised concerns about the number of times the council are going to cut the village's grass verges.

Eric Buckle from Beech Close said Buckinghamshire County Council leave it later each year to cut the grass.

He said: "I have been in the village for 20 years. For the last few years when the council contractors come along and cut our grass they leave it so late to do the first cut.

"And then it blows all over the village- they don't bother to clean anything up."

And he fears the problem is only going to get worse as the council are going to cut the number of times it cuts the grass from ten to six.

Mr Buckle added: "It is difficult to describe how much the mess is. This is when they cut it ten times a year.

"Five to six times a year and the mess is going to be twice as much.

"There are a lot of grass verges in the village. It just blows everywhere. It is a terrible mess.

"Basically they won't do anything about it."

Spokesman for Transport for Bucks, Dan Elworthy, said: "Grass cutting takes place during the summer months, this year starting on April 7. Due to changes in the budget for grass cutting, we have had to reduce the number of cuts from ten to six scheduled cuts for urban areas, which is one cut every five weeks.

"As we are carrying out the first cuts of the season, the grass is long in places and may not leave an aesthetically pleasing result. We are working hard to complete the first series of cuts around the county, so the second cuts can be started as soon as possible.

"Cut grass is not routinely collected, but will be cleared from footpaths using hand blowers where possible."

Details of the grass cutting programme can be viewed online at - www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport

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6:12pm Mon 19 May 14

page3 says...

To be honest, in my part of Stokenchurch the grass verges may as well be paved over - certain individuals seem intent on parking on them to avoid dragging themselves the extra 10 yards from the empty parking bays.
To be honest, in my part of Stokenchurch the grass verges may as well be paved over - certain individuals seem intent on parking on them to avoid dragging themselves the extra 10 yards from the empty parking bays. page3
  • Score: 9

6:43pm Mon 19 May 14

mother henpeck says...

why do we pay council tax ?they do jack s@@t, grass not cut pot holes not fixed rubbish everywere I would love the people of this town to refuse to pay there council tax until the council gets off its fat arse and stops paying silly wages to so of the staff and buying company cars every year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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why do we pay council tax ?they do jack s@@t, grass not cut pot holes not fixed rubbish everywere I would love the people of this town to refuse to pay there council tax until the council gets off its fat arse and stops paying silly wages to so of the staff and buying company cars every year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! mother henpeck
  • Score: 9

6:46pm Mon 19 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

If anybody thinks that the grass is greener on the other side then it's probably because it has been covered with more manure.
If anybody thinks that the grass is greener on the other side then it's probably because it has been covered with more manure. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 5

9:06pm Mon 19 May 14

Emma179 says...

6 times is just not enough. It means the dandelions will just be rampant and all the gardeners will have trouble keeping their gardens weed free. It's not very fair. We never seem to have any say on what they do and don't cut! I say cut the grass :) Don't get me started on the potholes!
6 times is just not enough. It means the dandelions will just be rampant and all the gardeners will have trouble keeping their gardens weed free. It's not very fair. We never seem to have any say on what they do and don't cut! I say cut the grass :) Don't get me started on the potholes! Emma179
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Mon 19 May 14

J B Blackett says...

This is verging on the ridiculous.
This is verging on the ridiculous. J B Blackett
  • Score: 9

9:05pm Tue 20 May 14

MCarey says...

let them grow and let some wild flowers pop up
let them grow and let some wild flowers pop up MCarey
  • Score: 3

11:16pm Tue 20 May 14

Nikoncoolpix says...

If Eric Buckle removed his decorating services advertising board from the grass verge on Marlow Road by Beech Close the council may actually be able to cut the grass!
If Eric Buckle removed his decorating services advertising board from the grass verge on Marlow Road by Beech Close the council may actually be able to cut the grass! Nikoncoolpix
  • Score: 2

11:43am Fri 23 May 14

s6blr says...

Why don't the residents of Stokenchurch man-up and mow them and take pride in their community? Why is it always someone else's job?
Why don't the residents of Stokenchurch man-up and mow them and take pride in their community? Why is it always someone else's job? s6blr
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Fri 23 May 14

Nikoncoolpix says...

The residents of Stokenchurch in all probability would mow the verges but unless you have either a manual lawnmower or a sit on one this is not a viable option as you would need in excess of a 200 metre length extension lead.
The residents of Stokenchurch in all probability would mow the verges but unless you have either a manual lawnmower or a sit on one this is not a viable option as you would need in excess of a 200 metre length extension lead. Nikoncoolpix
  • Score: -1

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