Council recognises grass cutting has been poor in Princes Risborough

Bill Bendyshe-Brown

Bill Bendyshe-Brown

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

TRANSPORT for Buckinghamshire recognises its grass cutting in Princes Risborough has been "pretty poor", a councillor said this week.

At the monthly meeting of Princes Risborough Town Council on Tuesday night Cllr Bill Bendyshe-Brown gave his report as the town's county councillor.

He said he had a meeting with Transport for Bucks regarding the grass cutting in the town, which has prompted many complaints about overgrown verges.

Cllr Bendyshe-Brown said: "They have brought forward the grass cutting to this week. They recognise it has been pretty poor.

"They keep saying each year they have learnt their lessons and they don't seem to.

"What they are saying now is they should have brought in several gangs at the beginning to hit the grass cutting."

He said they also said they should have used a mower which deals with heavier grass cutting at the start, as the original mower broke down.

Cllr Bendyshe-Brown said: "We ended up with a long period until our grass was cut, due to a machinery break down in and around the county."

Buckinghamshire County Council has cut the number of urban grass cuts from ten to six a year.

Cllr Will Streule said: "The problem with grass cutting is not necessarily the number of cuts but the timing."

He said the first cut should have been earlier, followed by one three to four weeks later and they would now be on their third, instead of second.

He added: "We would now be ready for summer. Six cuts is fine, it is just the timing. The first one was left all the way through to the beginning of June."

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1:34pm Sat 28 Jun 14

miccles says...

Its not only P Ris, that has the problem, its the whole county. It's disgusting, what does this council do with our money, apart from wasting it.

Maybe our council tax could be paid six times a year instead of ten, to bring it in line with BCC.
Its not only P Ris, that has the problem, its the whole county. It's disgusting, what does this council do with our money, apart from wasting it. Maybe our council tax could be paid six times a year instead of ten, to bring it in line with BCC. miccles
  • Score: 11

3:24pm Sat 28 Jun 14

s6blr says...

Good god have their drugs worn off and now the council can see?

Frightening!
Good god have their drugs worn off and now the council can see? Frightening! s6blr
  • Score: 7

9:00am Sun 29 Jun 14

geoffW says...

Grass cutting is a very complicated area. Responsibility falls to County, local and town councils depending where the grass is. In some areas there is conflict between the councils as to who has responsibility for certain areas of grass.

Cutbacks mean that there needs to be savings or else the Council Tax goes up and everybody moans.

Some councils organize their own workers to cut the grass, trim bushes, hedges, etc. Others outsource the job to contractors - who need to make a profit - many of who do the barest minimum to satisfy the terms of the contract, rush jobs and perform badly.

Councillors like Bendyshe-Brown voted for the cutbacks and outsourcing (with his Bucks County Councillor hat on) then moan (with his Town Council hat on). I don't know what he does with his Wycombe District council hat on!
Grass cutting is a very complicated area. Responsibility falls to County, local and town councils depending where the grass is. In some areas there is conflict between the councils as to who has responsibility for certain areas of grass. Cutbacks mean that there needs to be savings or else the Council Tax goes up and everybody moans. Some councils organize their own workers to cut the grass, trim bushes, hedges, etc. Others outsource the job to contractors - who need to make a profit - many of who do the barest minimum to satisfy the terms of the contract, rush jobs and perform badly. Councillors like Bendyshe-Brown voted for the cutbacks and outsourcing (with his Bucks County Councillor hat on) then moan (with his Town Council hat on). I don't know what he does with his Wycombe District council hat on! geoffW
  • Score: 5

9:42am Sun 29 Jun 14

mistamina says...

So much time wasted! Just get it done! It is not rocket science and it is all paid for. We have far bigger problems to tackle. The local NHS, several schools all in Special Measures, Social Services.
So much time wasted! Just get it done! It is not rocket science and it is all paid for. We have far bigger problems to tackle. The local NHS, several schools all in Special Measures, Social Services. mistamina
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

J B Blackett says...

They've been grassed up.
They've been grassed up. J B Blackett
  • Score: 1

10:41am Mon 30 Jun 14

Kania 2000 says...

lots of talk, lots of meetings, lots of delegation, lots of wasted time, lots of wrong machinery, lots of wasted money and no grass cutting! Just what we have come to expect from BCC, its really time those councillors understood fully what they are voting for!!!
lots of talk, lots of meetings, lots of delegation, lots of wasted time, lots of wrong machinery, lots of wasted money and no grass cutting! Just what we have come to expect from BCC, its really time those councillors understood fully what they are voting for!!! Kania 2000
  • Score: 2

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