Bournemouth EchoCouncil sets aside extra £50k for grass cutting on verges (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Council sets aside extra £50k for grass cutting on verges

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Peter Finney Cllr Peter Finney

AN extra £50,000 has been set aside for extra grass cutting in Dorset this year.

With summer on its way and a mild and wet spring causing rapid growth, Dorset County Council’s cabinet has earmarked the cash to increase the number of cuts of roadside verges wherever it can.

Currently, in towns, verges are cut six times a year between March and November and in rural areas they are cut twice, between April and October.

Cllr Peter Finney cabinet member for environment and the economy, said: “We have to balance timing the cuts with keeping verges tidy and safe for road users.

“In our towns a neater edge is preferred, where on rural roads we can encourage a more natural approach.

“There is a long term plan to form a ‘Living Verges’ partnership – working with the Dorset Wildlife Trust, parish and town councils to change the way highway vegetation is managed.

“We want to make it both more environmentally-friendly and financially-sustainable, but the cabinet recognises that we need to do more to respond to the concerns of communities.”

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11:35am Thu 1 May 14

dorsettech says...

Well I'll sleep safely tonight knowing that
Well I'll sleep safely tonight knowing that dorsettech
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12:12pm Thu 1 May 14

Hessenford says...

An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices.
An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices. Hessenford
  • Score: -4

12:40pm Thu 1 May 14

TheUnfortunateTruth says...

Hessenford wrote:
An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices.
Im only speculating.... but it could be 1 or 2 new employees at £18,000 - £20,000 a year, then money spent on new equipment, petrol and maintenance for the vehicles used to transport everything. Additionally it costs money to dispose of the waste produced (branches and grass cuttings would get quite heavy when you are cutting a field or a mile or two of hedges each day)
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices.[/p][/quote]Im only speculating.... but it could be 1 or 2 new employees at £18,000 - £20,000 a year, then money spent on new equipment, petrol and maintenance for the vehicles used to transport everything. Additionally it costs money to dispose of the waste produced (branches and grass cuttings would get quite heavy when you are cutting a field or a mile or two of hedges each day) TheUnfortunateTruth
  • Score: 6

12:49pm Thu 1 May 14

chrisii1991 says...

clear the drains
clear the drains chrisii1991
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Thu 1 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Perhaps the talivans are having trouble seeing over the grass?
Perhaps the talivans are having trouble seeing over the grass? speedy231278
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1:34pm Thu 1 May 14

BIGTONE says...

Why do they release figures of when/what they are spending these days?

Is it a precursor for justification in large Council tax rises for us all?
Why do they release figures of when/what they are spending these days? Is it a precursor for justification in large Council tax rises for us all? BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Thu 1 May 14

Phixer says...

Hessenford wrote:
An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices.
Well, it took 5 vehicles with flashing yellow lights to protect one man on a tractor when they cut the A338 verges Tuesday morning - and he did a lovely job of shredding the rubbish while the 5 yellow light men sat in their nice warm cab.

And DCC management, making sure that my/your/our money is wisely spent? Still in bed - The Times hadn't been delivered!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: An extra £50,000, god knows how councils arrive at their prices.[/p][/quote]Well, it took 5 vehicles with flashing yellow lights to protect one man on a tractor when they cut the A338 verges Tuesday morning - and he did a lovely job of shredding the rubbish while the 5 yellow light men sat in their nice warm cab. And DCC management, making sure that my/your/our money is wisely spent? Still in bed - The Times hadn't been delivered! Phixer
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