Roadside grass to get the chop – despite cuts!
Council to begin tackling grass on verges and roundabouts this week
KNEE-high grass on roadsides around North Devon is set to get a welcome trim this week.
Grass and weeds on highways, verges and roundabouts has been left to grow unusually high in recent weeks due to warm spring weather and a reduction in the number of annual cuts funded by Devon County Council.
Spending cuts introduced by the council in this year’s budget means roadside verges in the county’s towns will now only get cut four times a year, instead of the usual six times.
The council had originally intended to reduce urban cuts to twice a year as part of a bid to make savings of more than �54 million, although this was later overturned.
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In North Devon, spending on urban grass cutting has been reduced by �13,000 although major rural roads will get the usual two cuts a year and minor rural roads will get the normal once-a-year treatment.
This year, the county council, which is responsible for grass verges on Devon’s road network, will spend �25,000 in urban grass cutting in North Devon, as well as �158,000 in rural areas.
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A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Work is just getting underway on cutting roadside verges in Barnstaple.
“Although four urban cuts will be carried out each year, grass will be cut as required where visibility and safety could be an issue, such as junctions and around traffic signs.”
To report overgrown grass verges telephone 0845 1551004.