Cllr: 'People are furious at the reduced grass cutting service'

Cllr Gary Hall

Cllr Gary Hall

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

THE issue of reduced grass cutting by the county council is a bugbear for many residents.

Buckinghamshire County Council has changed the number of cuts from ten to six for urban areas, following a change in the budget for grass cutting.

But this has left many residents unhappy due to the untidy appearance and reduced visibility at road junctions.

At Tuesday night's Princes Risborough Town Council meeting the issue was discussed at length by councillors.

Cllr Gary Hall said: "I don't think we should be getting grass cutting in the second and third week of May.

"Even if it hadn't have rained and been warm to encourage the grass to grow as much as it did, it is still not acceptable.

"This is the number one subject for people in the town at the moment. It is what people are really upset about."

He said the state of the grass verges around Mount Street Car Park is embarrassing.

Cllr Hall said they should push forward to have the grass cutting duties delegated to the town council to be carried out by its maintenance team.

Chairman Alan Turner said: "We can't take it on at our full expense. That would be pure and simple double taxation. That would be wrong."

Clerk Sue Griffiths said the town council could negotiate with the county to provide machinery or training.

Cllr Bill Bendyshe-Brown said they are in the process of negotiations at the moment.

He said: "The problem is, at the moment, the grass cutting costs 1.3pence per square metre, which is a very low amount.

"We couldn't do it at that rate. If we do want to take it on we would have to subsidise it quite heavily ourselves.

"We are very mindful this is what we want to try and alleviate.

But Cllr Hall said the town council needs to act sooner rather than later as this is something the people of the town feel passionate about.

He said: "Nobody told us the cuts would go from ten to six. It is appalling. I can't go to the end of the road when walking my dog without someone stopping me and complaining, because people really are furious."

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

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4:32pm Wed 28 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this?
Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this? Darren Hayday
  • Score: 7

5:03pm Wed 28 May 14

jxr says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this?
Yes, because it really is the most important issue in the world today, isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this?[/p][/quote]Yes, because it really is the most important issue in the world today, isn't it. jxr
  • Score: 1

6:32pm Wed 28 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

jxr wrote:
Darren Hayday wrote:
Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this?
Yes, because it really is the most important issue in the world today, isn't it.
You are completely right of course...corruption, slavery, murder, rape, genocide, honour killings, terrorists blowing people up, large companies controlling governments, world poverty and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, children not getting a basic education, foreign aid given to countries such as India and that we have food banks in this Country, so much sex and violence forced onto us through the media, our children having to get 2nd rate education if they don’t pass their 11+ exams or if they live in a catchment area of a really bad school, Africa being run by a few very rich presidents, wars, etc, etc - however this is a news story in a (on-line) local newspaper about grass cutting - hence I thought to write my short observation. I do of course write comments on more worthwhile topics of which would interest you more - but in this case, I thought to comment on 'grass not being cut'.
[quote][p][bold]jxr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Gary is right about this. Each year we now see very long grass at the side of the roads and when they do get cut - they dont take away the dead grass - its left. Surely there should be changes to this?[/p][/quote]Yes, because it really is the most important issue in the world today, isn't it.[/p][/quote]You are completely right of course...corruption, slavery, murder, rape, genocide, honour killings, terrorists blowing people up, large companies controlling governments, world poverty and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, children not getting a basic education, foreign aid given to countries such as India and that we have food banks in this Country, so much sex and violence forced onto us through the media, our children having to get 2nd rate education if they don’t pass their 11+ exams or if they live in a catchment area of a really bad school, Africa being run by a few very rich presidents, wars, etc, etc - however this is a news story in a (on-line) local newspaper about grass cutting - hence I thought to write my short observation. I do of course write comments on more worthwhile topics of which would interest you more - but in this case, I thought to comment on 'grass not being cut'. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 5

8:30am Thu 29 May 14

jxr says...

Fair enough. Some people do seem to get their knickers in a twist over relatively minor issues, while seemingly ignoring the bigger picture - but you obviously do keep things in perspective, so apologies for my mild mocking.
Fair enough. Some people do seem to get their knickers in a twist over relatively minor issues, while seemingly ignoring the bigger picture - but you obviously do keep things in perspective, so apologies for my mild mocking. jxr
  • Score: 2

8:39am Thu 29 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

jxr wrote:
Fair enough. Some people do seem to get their knickers in a twist over relatively minor issues, while seemingly ignoring the bigger picture - but you obviously do keep things in perspective, so apologies for my mild mocking.
Mock on! ;op - I must admit that I felt the same way when I spoke to a constituent who was complaining about the same issue - however I've since had a change of heart and am ashamed to just how bad the problem is - what is the point in paying Council Tax when the services that you get in return / pay for - are not the same standard as you would expect. Its extremely bad value for our money. Not much that I can do about my long list of bigger woes in the world - but with grass at least I can bend some ear-holes and have some kind of a fighting chance of getting BCC to make some changes..
[quote][p][bold]jxr[/bold] wrote: Fair enough. Some people do seem to get their knickers in a twist over relatively minor issues, while seemingly ignoring the bigger picture - but you obviously do keep things in perspective, so apologies for my mild mocking.[/p][/quote]Mock on! ;op - I must admit that I felt the same way when I spoke to a constituent who was complaining about the same issue - however I've since had a change of heart and am ashamed to just how bad the problem is - what is the point in paying Council Tax when the services that you get in return / pay for - are not the same standard as you would expect. Its extremely bad value for our money. Not much that I can do about my long list of bigger woes in the world - but with grass at least I can bend some ear-holes and have some kind of a fighting chance of getting BCC to make some changes.. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 5

6:50pm Thu 29 May 14

Kania 2000 says...

It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter!
It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter! Kania 2000
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Thu 29 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter!
This is what we would need instead of the current contract!
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter![/p][/quote]This is what we would need instead of the current contract! Darren Hayday
  • Score: 0

10:28am Fri 30 May 14

Kania 2000 says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Kania 2000 wrote:
It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter!
This is what we would need instead of the current contract!
I guess the grass cutting is TfB aka Ringway Jacobs?
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter![/p][/quote]This is what we would need instead of the current contract![/p][/quote]I guess the grass cutting is TfB aka Ringway Jacobs? Kania 2000
  • Score: 1

9:17am Sat 31 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
Darren Hayday wrote:
Kania 2000 wrote:
It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter!
This is what we would need instead of the current contract!
I guess the grass cutting is TfB aka Ringway Jacobs?
I'm fairly certain that the answer is = yes!
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: It would be possible to maintain many road grass areas in a presentable and tidy manor with 6 cuts pa if those dealing with the grass cutting actually understood how and when to cut grass. Parks and playing fields are a different matter![/p][/quote]This is what we would need instead of the current contract![/p][/quote]I guess the grass cutting is TfB aka Ringway Jacobs?[/p][/quote]I'm fairly certain that the answer is = yes! Darren Hayday
  • Score: 1

9:29am Sat 31 May 14

Barbara B says...

Council tax has remained unchanged for a couple of years now but our expectations remain high. Princes Risborough seems like a real community and if the problem is causing so much distress why don't you set up a social enterprise, form a local company and cut the grass yourselves, many places have started doing this, it is a way of helping during these difficult times. I know of one such scheme in Stewkley.
Council tax has remained unchanged for a couple of years now but our expectations remain high. Princes Risborough seems like a real community and if the problem is causing so much distress why don't you set up a social enterprise, form a local company and cut the grass yourselves, many places have started doing this, it is a way of helping during these difficult times. I know of one such scheme in Stewkley. Barbara B
  • Score: 0

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