CRAIGAVON Borough Council will no longer cut grass on non-council owned land - around 140,000 sq ft - in order to save the ratepayer £75,000.
A council spokeswoman revealed that the responsibility of cutting the grass will revert back to the Department of Regional Development’s Road Service.
She explained, “For a variety of reasons dating back for some time through specific ratepayer requests, council was cutting the grass on non-council owned land such as grass verges, entrances to the borough and general open grassed areas.
“Typically this amounted to over 140,000 square metres of land – a substantial landbank - and council was cutting this about seven-to-eight times per year to a high standard. With no statutory duty to do so members took the decision to cut council only owned grass, but will still maintain the town centres and parks to the same high standard.”
The spokeswoman continued, “Council typically had to recruit seasonal staff throughout the summer in order to cut the other grassed areas and this is where most of the substantial savings will be made as there will be no requirement to recruit additional staff.”
Alderman Mrs Meta Crozier, chairperson of leisure services, said, “We still have the Ulster in Bloom competition and we’re offering local communities the small floral grants scheme and of course general grass-cutting in the borough will still be done by DRD Roads service.
“People will see a difference, but we’re saving the ratepayer £75,000.”