Council defends grass cutting schedule

Council is cutting grass in the borough.
Council is cutting grass in the borough.

Senior staff from ABC Council are to meet with DRD officials to discuss the issue of grass cutting.

The council points out it is continuing to maintain both council and non-council land across the borough, despite funding being withdrawn by Transport NI.

TransportNI normally pays councils a fee for cutting grass along roadside verges, but despite the payment being stopped, the council has maintained its usual level of service on land it owns and on TransportNI lands it had a previous agreement to cut.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby said “We didn’t want our ratepayers to suffer because of departmental budget cuts. We know people across the borough have great civic pride, so we wanted to maintain a standard our ratepayers expect.

“Of course this comes at a cost, with 14-16 cuts per year between February and November, but we will maintain this level as long as we can.”

Roadside verges (non-council land) that the council is continuing to cut include the Garvaghy Road and Corcrain Road/Montague Street.