Town set to pay for grass cutting

PUBLISHED: 06:30 03 July 2015

A grass verge on Marine Way. Ref exe 9844-27-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A grass verge on Marine Way. Ref exe 9844-27-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


‘Ridiculous’ overgrown grass in Exmouth could be cut, with town hall chiefs considering stepping in to improve the appearance of the town.

Budget cuts by Devon County Council have seen a reduced amount of grass cutting on roadside verges, leading to complaints from the public. Members of Exmouth Town Council’s regeneration and general purposes committee heard at their meeting this week that uncut grass was becoming a big issue, particularly with Britain in Bloom judges coming to the town on July 14.

Committee chairman Pauline Stott said: “We have got judging coming up and a lot of volunteers that spend a lot of time and effort trying to do some lovely flowers for the town, and, when you come into the town, you can’t even see some of them because the grass is so high.

“We are a tourism town as well, and if tourists come to our town and the first thing they can see is really tatty grass cutting, it looks really disgusting.

“There are people sitting on seats, and the grass is up higher than their seat.

“It’s ridiculous.”

Exmouth in Bloom president and councillor Pat Graham said that particular problem areas included Marine Way, Dinan Way, the top of Bradham Lane, and the area outside Fats pub.

The committee agreed that it would look at the cost of hiring a contractor to carry out the work.

However, Councillor Brian Bailey warned that the council should proceed with caution.

He said: “It concerns me that this is the thin end of the wedge.

“We take this on, then what’s the next thing?

“We’ve got to be very careful in what we do in that respect.”

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