Posted: Wed 16th Mar 2016

Road Safety The Priority As Council Confirms Grass Cutting Arrangements

This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 16th, 2016

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that some rural roadside verges will be left to grow a little bit longer again this year in an effort to encourage biodiversity, but sight lines at junctions will be kept clear for all road users. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Members from the council have agreed that, during the growing season from April until the end of September, roadside verges will be cut every six weeks while grass in open spaces will be cut on a four-weekly cycle. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Last year, seeds were also planted in several locations so that brightly coloured wild flowers could grow, and these areas will be sown again this year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Confirming the arrangements, Councillor Hywel Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Following a tender process, we will be appointing a contractor again this year to undertake the work, and we’ve decided that the cutting frequencies will be the same as in 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It is important for us to strike a balance between having a grass cutting service that is affordable but is also at an acceptable level. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Road safety is the priority so sight lines at junctions will be kept clear for all road users and the situation will be monitored throughout the summer to check that the arrangements aren’t causing any safety hazards.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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