Council's re-think on grass cutting


Emily Davies

ANGRY residents and business owners in Chirk have sparked a grass cutting U-turn.
Faced with growing pressure by irritated individuals from across the region Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) announced it will increase the frequency of grass cuts from two to a minimum of four cuts per year for the whole of the county borough.
The number of cuts had been slashed as part of council budget cuts.
However, the new figure is just half of those received in 2013/14.
In Chirk, dozens of disgruntled taxpayers took to social media network Facebook delivering a barrage of comments.

Councillor Bob Dutton, WCBC’s lead member for environment, said: “It was proposed to consider reviewing the number of cuts, but it is now intended that all areas will get a minimum of four cuts, dependent upon weather.”
He continued: “It has been well documented Wrexham Council is facing £45 million worth of cuts over the next five years.
“This is due to the extremely difficult circumstances brought about by the pressures put upon all local authorities across Wales.
“Due to these budget pressures, Wrexham’s grounds maintenance budget has been reduced by £300,000 for 2014-15.
“Town centre and civic areas (war memorials/cenotaph) will continue to be maintained to the existing standard.
“Highway verges will be cut for safety splays, visibility requirements and signage or where the grass becomes a road traffic hazard.
“Where issues are raised by councillors or members of the public about potential hazards officers will of course review the position to assess risks and determine any appropriate action.”
WCBC has previously announced plans for a further £200,000 of cuts from its grass cutting budget for the 2015-16 financial year but the decision was deferred at the council’s Executive Board meeting last week.

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