"Ludicrous" decision to reduce grass-cutting slammed by Leominster councillor

Leominster Councillor Peter McCaull, pictured in an outdoor play area donated by Cadbury's, is unhappy about how often the grass is being cut in Leominster. (6408586)

Leominster Councillor Peter McCaull, pictured in an outdoor play area donated by Cadbury's, is unhappy about how often the grass is being cut in Leominster. (6408586)

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A “LUDICROUS” decision to reduce grass-cutting from seven to three times a year has been slammed by

a county councillor.

The Hereford Times reported last week on how the change will save Herefordshire Council £1.25 million a year.

Peter McCaull is one of many to criticise the move and questioned the timing of the decision.

The Leominster councillor this week asked: “If they wanted to do this time last year? Doing it after March 7 when the full council budget was approved – which included seven cuts a year – and then to be going to Balfour Beatty and negotiating to reduce to three cuts. He claimed the long grass is preventing community

groups using outdoor sports equipment in the Sydonia play area that was donated by Cadbury’s.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting, ” Cllr McCaull added. “I think they should immediately give people a rebate because they are paying for a service they are not getting.”

In Hereford, some councillors have taken matters into their own hands.

Councillor Phil Edwards has been mowing grass in his Belmont ward for several months.

“I’m appalled that Herefordshire Council hasn’t found a way of maintaining this basic service provision,”

he said.

“I am one of those councillors that’s taking grass-cutting into my own hands and have been doing so for

some months so we could carry on with our community games event on Bank Holiday Monday.

“We all have to accept that less funding is coming in from central government but it’s how that funding

is managed and currently Herefordshire Council is not managing very well with that reduced sum.”

Jim Kenyon is another Herefordshire councillor who has been helping his ward to manage the situation.

He said he is “unsurprised” that local residents – who are very proud of what they have achieved and of the area they live in – have risen to the challenge of helping to keep the community looking

good.

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8:51am Sat 24 May 14

probono says...

I think Herefordshire Council and BB should reveal how much the grass cutting costs in each parich/town and their hourly rate, and then give the opportunity to the Parish or Town Council to put in local contractors to do the job and local rates, and receve the funding to do it. As with the parish lengthsman scheme this could save money. A little thinking outside the box, from both HC BB and the local communities.
I think Herefordshire Council and BB should reveal how much the grass cutting costs in each parich/town and their hourly rate, and then give the opportunity to the Parish or Town Council to put in local contractors to do the job and local rates, and receve the funding to do it. As with the parish lengthsman scheme this could save money. A little thinking outside the box, from both HC BB and the local communities. probono
  • Score: 10

10:09am Sat 24 May 14

Grafters says...

We also have a problem in our area with the weeds seeding everywhere. The problem is, if the residents do take the grass cutting into their own hands, the council may back off completely and never do it again.
We also have a problem in our area with the weeds seeding everywhere. The problem is, if the residents do take the grass cutting into their own hands, the council may back off completely and never do it again. Grafters
  • Score: 5

11:03am Sat 24 May 14

AylestoneVoice says...

I believe it is wrong for local people/councillors to cut the grass. Although it is commendable that people care about their own areas it is Herefordshire Council's responsibility.
We pay our Council tax for this and the Council will just be spending the money elsewhere. What next - we collect our own refuse and clean the streets. We in the city have seen our City Council rates go up - this is to pay for services they now provide for Herefordshire Council but and you guessed right the HC council tax did not reduce. We are being conned. We should not let that self serving bunch of officers at Brockington get away with it and the Councillors should be banging on desks (figuratively!)
I believe it is wrong for local people/councillors to cut the grass. Although it is commendable that people care about their own areas it is Herefordshire Council's responsibility. We pay our Council tax for this and the Council will just be spending the money elsewhere. What next - we collect our own refuse and clean the streets. We in the city have seen our City Council rates go up - this is to pay for services they now provide for Herefordshire Council but and you guessed right the HC council tax did not reduce. We are being conned. We should not let that self serving bunch of officers at Brockington get away with it and the Councillors should be banging on desks (figuratively!) AylestoneVoice
  • Score: 9

11:29pm Sat 24 May 14

WYSIATI says...

Mr McCaull you may not have noticed that central govt has removed a huge part of the funding for public services provided by councils. As you well know most of the money for these comes from central govt and not via council tax. You may have been present for debates and briefings where this has been clearly laid out for you. So, as I read it, you are being populist and deliberately misleading. Man up, be honest with your electorate and tell them the truth. The money is not there, the demands for basic services is increasing and the .obey is decreasing and it is down to the political choices of this govt, be honest for once.
Mr McCaull you may not have noticed that central govt has removed a huge part of the funding for public services provided by councils. As you well know most of the money for these comes from central govt and not via council tax. You may have been present for debates and briefings where this has been clearly laid out for you. So, as I read it, you are being populist and deliberately misleading. Man up, be honest with your electorate and tell them the truth. The money is not there, the demands for basic services is increasing and the .obey is decreasing and it is down to the political choices of this govt, be honest for once. WYSIATI
  • Score: -5

5:42pm Sun 25 May 14

tonypwheeler says...

What happened to health and safety when it comes to public areas ? .I thought the welfare of individuals using appropriate tools and machinery would be paramount .
What happened to health and safety when it comes to public areas ? .I thought the welfare of individuals using appropriate tools and machinery would be paramount . tonypwheeler
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