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Concerns about height of grass on Highways verges

Dear Editor

As local County Councillor for Coalville, I have had a lot of concerns raised about the height of the grass on Highways verges.

I have just had a most informative conversation with a responsible officer. 


The reduction in cutting frequency - as a response to central budget cuts -should be well known. 
http://www.leics.gov.uk/grasscutting


This has led to some loss of resilience and it is clear that the ideal standard of a cut every six weeks has not been achieved. 

Coalville's last cut was at the end of March. Being some weeks behind at a time of peak grass growth has led to some splendid meadows by the sides of our roads.


Highways are keen to reassure residents that, where the height of the vegetation is compromising road safety, they will come out and attend to it outside the regular cutting cycle. 


If you have concerns about highway issues affecting road safety please email the Council:
highwayscustomerservices@leics.gov.uk


If you dislike the aesthetic appearance of our new wildlife verges you have a number of options:-
You can be reassured by Highways that Coalville comes after Whitwick in the next cutting cycle and should be done in the next week or so.


If you feel sufficiently annoyed and public spirited you can (at your own risk and expense) cut the patch outside your propery. Highways tell me they have no problem with that.


You can have a chat with your Parish Council. Parishes were offered the option to take over highways grass cutting. If your community wishes to increase the precept and have more frequent cuts, the option may be reopened if enough people ask for it.


As your local Councillor, I wish to stress, I do not make the rules or run the Council. I am here to mediate between residents in my division and the institution.


Please keep me informed of your concerns and I will do my best.



Dr Terri Eynon 

County Councillor Coalville 

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