Herefordshire residents can now check when their communities are scheduled for grass cutting services by going to the council’s website. The cutting schedule and guide can be accessed by going to www.herefordshire.gov.uk/grass-cutting.
Grass cutting frequencies have reduced from a typical frequency of seven times per year to three, with many rural verges staying untouched other than safety cuts to visibility splays. The reduction has been made as Herefordshire Council delivers £33million pounds of savings while ensuring it can maintain its priority services.
Cllr Rone, cabinet member transport & roads said “We’ve had to tailor the resource levels to meet the budget but we will continue to keep the highway safe by cutting the visibility splays, carrying out weed spraying and maintaining the trees. Despite this we have reduced all grass cutting frequencies and need consider where best to concentrate the available cuts. We are also developing community grass cutting schemes so that residents can set their own priorities and we will release further details about this very soon.
On the positive side, we will see the largest single investment into Herefordshire’s highway network for many years. The capital budget for 2014/15 has been increased by £24.9m from £10.4m to £34.26m and this extra money will be used to improve the overall standard of the network through a programme of drainage and re-surfacing works. This will make a significant difference to the state of the county’s roads. The work happening on the county’s roads will be visible to all road users through the summer months.”